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CANDIDATES diverge on VISIONS for K12 ESSA The next president will preside over implementing ESSA. It combines some GOP priorities-such as empowering states to devise their own education goals-with traditional Democratic policy agendas, such as a federal mandate to improve performance of poor and minority students. When the law was first passed with a bipartisan vote in 2015, Clinton was supportive: "It puts us on a path to provide states and teachers flexibility to serve the needs of their students," she said in a December 2015 statement. Trump, for his part, hasn't publicly spoken about ESSA, and the GOP platform doesn't directly reference it. But Trump has voiced support for empower- Trump vs. Clinton: Readers' choice Survey of DA readers shows more support for Clinton, but also lean toward more state- or locally-controlled districts A survey of DA readers this past summer shows that more readers think Hillary Clinton would be a stronger supporter of public education than Donald Trump, and more readers would support her over Trump. Out of 311 responses, 62 percent think Clinton would be a stronger supporter of public ed, and only 38 percent think Trump would be. "I believe that Hillary Clinton has the background information regarding how public education works in regard to national policy," one reader wrote. "However, schools are a function of the state and Mr. Trump appears to want to reduce some of the red tape. It is a toss-up at this time." Another reader wrote this: "Donald Trump understands how to get us out of debt and how to improve our economy. This is the only way we will be able to continue funding our public educational system and making it available to all students." Nearly 70 percent of readers don't want to see the U.S. Department of Education abolished, while 30 percent said they do. "A strong restructuring from top to bottom" is needed, one reader wrote. Many comments revolve around giving more control to states or districts. "It takes control away from LEA's, creates another red tape government bureaucracy," one reader wrote. "In addition, our country is so diverse we must allow local agencies to guide and be responsible for the education of their children." But another reader wrote: "The federal government needs to play a role in education. Schools are dramatically impacted by federal legislation that deals with handicapped children. Standardizing expectations across the country is a good thing. Many state standards in the past were far lower than the state I live in, and when students transferred to our district it was often a nightmare catching them up." Who will be a stronger supporter of public education? Clinton 62% Trump 38% 42 October 2016 -Angela Pascopella 38% 62% ing states to make their own decisions, which is one of ESSA's major thrusts. "I don't know to what extent the president will personally get into the nitty gritty of implementing ESSA," Bernstein predicts. "It would really be in the hands of their departments of education." Since Trump has floated the idea of abolishing the U.S. education department, Ellerson worries that ESSA could be in danger under a Trump presidency. "Under Clinton, ESSA will be implemented with a scalpel," she says. "Trump says he wants to do away with the whole department, so it's totally unclear where that leads." School choice, charters, unions When Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention in July, he promised to remove kids from "failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice." Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., said at the Republican convention that schools are run now merely for the benefit of administrators and teachers, not students. "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class," Trump Jr. said. "Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers." On the campaign trail Trump has pledged support for vouchers, charters and magnet schools-anything that promotes "competition." The GOP platform proposes education savings accounts, vouchers and tuition tax credits. "Trump talks about school choice a great deal," Bernstein says. "It's unclear what mix of vouchers, or charters or some other mechanism he would push for." Clinton has carved out a more detailed view on school choice. She has always opposed vouchers, and while she has courted support from anti-charter teachers unions, she has praised charter schools. In a speech in July to the National Education Association-which endorsed Clinton-she drew boos when suggestDistrict Administration

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