Former Vice President Joe Biden just upped his ante to raise taxes with a 2020 presidential campaign promise to increase teachers’ pay, with a proposed federal spending hike of 75 percent for K–12 education.
On Tuesday, the leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate vowed in a speech to the American Federation of Teachers in Houston, Texas, to increase pay for public school teachers located in low-income communities by tripling Title I funding.
That not all, folks …
Biden’s big government program reaches deep into taxpayers’ pockets in a number of ways.
“Biden's plan also calls for support for universal prekindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds; a reinstatement of Obama administration policies designed to spark local school desegregation efforts; a doubling of support staff like counselors and school nurses; and full federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act within 10 years,” EdWeek reported.
The 76-year-old Democrat seized the opportunity to empathize with teachers and garner their support.
"You are expected to be a social worker, you're expected to be a counselor, you're expected to be the person of last resort," Biden pointed out to teachers in Houston, according to EdWeek.
But, similar to most Democrats, Biden is not a big fan of school choice – believing that public schools should get all educational funding.
“Biden's plan notably doesn't mention reining in charter schools, which served as a centerpiece of proposals recently unveiled by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is viewed by many as one of Biden's strongest competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination,” EdWeek’s Evie Blad noted.
Barack Obama’s former running mate made it clear vouchers for private education are not his thing when asked by a member in the audience about his take on “unregulated, for-profit charter schools.”
“I do not support any federal money for for-profit charter schools – period," Biden insisted.
Because pumping more money into schools has not been an all-around popular idea across the partisan aisle, Biden was asked whether he would try to push forward with his spending plan adding at least 75 percent to the education budget if Republicans continued to control the Senate. He expressed confidence that GOP lawmakers would be willing to get rid of some tax loopholes to help fund his exorbitant plan.
"Enough Republicans with enough Democrats being re-elected are going to join in doing what they know in their gut is the right thing," the left-leaning Democrat assured, but as the Democrat-controlled House is already finding it hard to get more funding for education, the success of his plan appears doubtful, at best.
On Biden’s education website, he promises that his broad K–12 education program will push for taxpayers to foot the bill for teachers’ education, gun-free schools, affirmative action and more medical care for students.
“[I will] help teachers and other educators pay off their student loans; [d]efeat the National Rifle Association – again – in order to make our schools safer; [i]mprove teacher diversity [and]; [d]ouble the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in our schools,” Biden’s website reads.
Socialist schools ahead?
The proposed exponential increase in spending rivals that of Biden’s self-proclaimed socialist presidential contender, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Like Sanders, Biden pledged to triple Title I aid for low-income schools to more than $45 billion,” Blad informed. “The plan – which praises teacher walk-outs across the country last year – cites research that found public school teachers made 21.4 percent less than workers with similar education and experience in 2018.”
The proliferating popularity of he #RedforEd teachers movement is feared to invite socialist-run schools.
“This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the very same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current form in early 2018 in a far-flung corner of the country before spreading nationally,” Breitbart News reported. “Its stated goals – higher teacher pay and better education conditions – are overshadowed by a more malevolent political agenda: a leftist Democrat uprising designed to flip purple or red states to blue, using the might of a significant part of the education system as its lever.”
Under Biden’s watch, it appears the national debt would multiply.
“Title I spending by the Department of Education in FY 2019 will be $15.9 billion – roughly 40 percent of the $40 billion in federal funds the Department of Education will spend on K–12 public education this fiscal year,” Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy revealed. “By tripling that expenditure in FY 2021, Biden will increase Title I annual spending by $31.8 billion to $47.7 billion. That proposal alone would increase federal spending on K–12 public education by more than 75 percent, from $40 billion in FY 2019 to more than $71.8 billion in FY 2021.”
It appears that Biden’s 75-percent increase figure is modest – and the dozens of other Democratic 2020 presidential contenders appear as if they will have their open hands in American taxpayers’ pockets for more educational spending, as well.
“If all Biden’s additional spending proposals announced on Tuesday are enacted by Congress, federal spending on K–12 public education in his first year in office would increase by more than 75 percent, depending on the full cost of the additional proposals,” Leahy continued. “Democrat presidential contenders have been racing to see who can move farthest to the left to gain favor among the growing number of #RedforEd teacher activists – many of whom were volunteers in the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign.”
And unlike President Donald Trump, Biden is a huge supporter of teachers unions and their nationwide strikes for more pay, and he recently expressed this on social media.
“I’m the proud husband of a teacher and know first-hand the impact of their work,” Biden tweeted May 1. “Teachers around the country and in South Carolina deserve to earn a living wage and have smaller class sizes so that America can continue to out-educate and lead the world.”
And with labor unions being the essence of socialism, Bernie Sanders – who is a distant second as a presidential candidate to Biden in the polls – offered his unbridled support of teachers unions striking at the time.
“I stand with South Carolina teachers who are walking out for fairer pay, smaller classroom sizes, duty-free break time and full funding of the state’s promises to students,” Sanders tweeted May 1. “We need to treat educators with respect and dignity.”
But Biden’s popularity with teachers’ unions appears to be on the rise.
“However, on Wednesday, Biden’s policies announced to the annual convention of the second largest national teachers union in the country – AFT claims 1.7 million members, while the National Education Association (NEA) claims 3 million members – showed a clear leftward movement on his part,” Leahy pointed out.