The Education 2020 coalition, more than 20 leading national organizations, have come together to endorse the following principles. Education 2020 (ED2020) represents diverse perspectives with organizations representing educators, parents, children and youth, people of color, people with disabilities, and more. We span the sectors of child well-being, early childhood education, k-12 education, and higher education. To advance education across the country for all students, we believe the Education President of 2020 will:
- Comprehensive System: Recognize that the needs of a democratic society and global economy demand universal inclusion and access to ongoing learning opportunities for everyone living in America from birth through career;
- Equity: Advance equity and a just future, at every level, ensuring that any student can access and benefit from high-quality early, k-12, and post-secondary education regardless of income, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, immigration status or ability to speak English;
- Early Childhood Education: Ensure equal opportunity for all children, especially those in historically underrepresented families and communities, by guaranteeing access to quality and affordable early care and learning programs that support children’s comprehensive developmental needs from birth to school entry, and provide sufficient resources to accomplish this goal, including investments in the early childhood workforce and infrastructure;
- K through 12 Education: Revamp and strengthen the public K-12 system so it prepares all youth for their future by significantly increasing investment, enhancing the capacity for schools to focus on student-centered approaches that meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students, and providing integrated supports for students (including through family engagement), particularly focused on the needs of historically underrepresented students and under-resourced schools;
- Post-Secondary Education: Improve access, quality, and affordability for post-secondary education and workforce programs so that all students, and in particular historically underrepresented students, have the opportunity to enter and graduate from post-secondary learning and workforce training, be prepared for the workforce without being burdened by student debt, and fully participate in our democracy and global economy; and
- Educator Workforce and Capacity Building: Invest in the educator workforce, including preparation, financial support, and development, and physical infrastructure in every community to ensure that our educational institutions from early childhood through higher education are equipped to meet the needs of every learner and our nation’s educators and educational institutions are supported as builders of the future.