American children spend more waking hours in school than anywhere else. Educational attainment predicts lifetime earnings at the individual level and economic competitiveness at the national level. States and countries making significant investments in education reap those rewards: their citizens have longer and healthier lives, and their economies are growing. Education should be a top issue in any election cycle, but it rarely is.
2020 can be different. We’ve seen proposals about the cost of higher education, improving equity in school and investments in early learning, and Saturday’s forum in Pittsburgh is focused entirely on education. Here are four questions that should be front of mind for voters — and that should get answered during the education forum. (And psst — for folks with statewide elections, these questions go for those candidates, too.)
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