education

If you have children, did they attend K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years?

Yes

Yes

Michael Bennet

U.S. senator, Colorado

Bennet’s children attended K-12 public schools for a majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Bennet

Steve Bullock

Governor, Montana

“I’m pleased that my children have been able to go to the same public schools in Helena that my wife and I attended growing up,” Bullock told The Post

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Steve Bullock
Bullock

Julian Castro

Former mayor, San Antonio

Castro’s children attended K-12 public schools for a majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Castro

John Hickenlooper (Dropped out)

Former governor, Colorado

Hickenlooper is no longer running for president. Hickenlooper's children attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Hickenlooper

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. senator, Minnesota

Klobuchar‘s children attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years, she told The Post.

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Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar

Wayne Messam

Mayor, Miramar, Fla.

Messam's children attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Wayne Messam
Messam

Beto O'Rourke

Former U.S. representative, Texas

O’Rourke’s “children attend public schools in El Paso,” a campaign spokesman told The Post.

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O'Rourke

Tim Ryan

U.S. representative, Ohio

“I am the father of three kids who are currently enrolled in K-12 public school education,” Ryan told The Post.

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Tim Ryan
Ryan

Bernie Sanders

U.S. senator, Vermont

Sanders's children attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Bernie Sanders
Sanders

Joe Sestak

Former U.S. representative, Pennsylvania

Sestak's children attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years, he told The Post.

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Joe Sestak
Sestak

Elizabeth Warren

U.S. senator, Massachusetts

“Both of my kids attended K-12 public schools for the majority of their school years,” Warren told The Post.

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Warren

No

No

Joe Biden

Former vice president

Biden’s children attended private schools.

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Biden

Marianne Williamson

Author

“My daughter had a mix of public and private, with the majority private,” Williamson told The Post.

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Williamson

Does not have children

Does not have children

Cory Booker

U.S. senator, New Jersey

Booker does not have children.

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Cory Booker
Booker

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor, South Bend, Ind.

Buttigieg does not have children.

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Buttigieg

Unclear/no response

Unclear/no response

Bill de Blasio (Dropped out)

Mayor, New York City

de Blasio is no longer running for president. De Blasio did not provide an answer to this question.

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de Blasio

John Delaney

Former U.S. representative, Maryland

Delaney did not provide an answer to this question.

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John Delaney
Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. representative, Hawaii

Gabbard did not provide an answer to this question.

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Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard

Kirsten Gillibrand (Dropped out)

U.S. senator, New York

Gillibrand is no longer running for president. Gillibrand did not provide an answer to this question.

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Kirsten Gillibrand
Gillibrand

Kamala D. Harris

U.S. senator, California

Harris did not provide an answer to this question.

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Kamala Harris
Harris

Jay Inslee (Dropped out)

Governor, Washington state

Inslee is no longer running for president. Inslee did not provide an answer to this question.

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Jay Inslee
Inslee

Seth Moulton (Dropped out)

U.S. representative, Massachusetts

Moulton is no longer running for president. Moulton did not provide an answer to this question.

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Moulton

Tom Steyer

Billionaire activist

Steyer did not provide an answer to this question.

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Steyer

Andrew Yang

Tech entrepreneur

Yang did not provide an answer to this question.

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Yang

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Background Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has come under criticism because neither she nor her children attended public schools. That said, some Democratic leaders have also sent their kids to private schools, such as former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, whose daughters attended the elite Sidwell Friends School in the District.

How candidate positions were compiled

The Washington Post sent a detailed questionnaire to every Democratic presidential campaign asking whether it supports various changes to U.S. education policy. Candidates with similar stances were organized into groups using a combination of those answers, legislative records, action taken in an executive role and other public comments, such as policy discussion on campaign websites, social media posts, interviews, town hall meetings and other news reports. See something we missed? Let us know.

We expect candidates to develop more detailed policy positions throughout the campaign, and this page will update as we learn more about their plans. We also will note if candidates change their positions on an issue. At initial publication, this page included major candidates who had announced a run for president or an exploratory committee. The Post will contact additional candidates as they enter the race and include them here.

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