- Combat racial discrimination and school separation.
- Triple Title 1 money that is intended to help students who live in poverty, and ensure that the federal government provides at least 50 percent of the cost of funding for special education (which is 10 percent more than Congress promised in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and well more than half of the roughly 18 percent that the federal government does pay).
- Rethink inequitable formula that funds public schools and relies in part on local property taxes, rewarding schools in well-to-do neighborhoods.
- Ban for-profit charter schools and call for a moratorium on public funds for charter school expansion until it can be determined how these schools affect traditional school districts.
- “Significantly increase teacher pay” and protect their unions’ collective bargaining rights.
- Expand after-school and summer education programs for students.
- Provide $5 billion annually for community schools, which provide not only academics to students but also wraparound services that provide a holistic, full-service approach to learning and the well-being of our young people.
- Protect the rights of LGBTQ and other marginalized students in schools.
- Pay the cost that states and districts can’t cover to renovate, modernize and make green public schools.
Recognizing the problems in a one-size-fits-all model of education, teachers’ unions and parent activists established alternative, experimental “charter” schools to better serve kids struggling within the traditional system. But few charter schools have lived up to their promise. Instead, billionaires like DeVos and the Waltons, together with private equity and hedge fund executives, have bankrolled their expansion and poured tens of millions into school board and other local elections with the hope of privatizing public schools. Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system.