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Joe Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed his plan for education on Tuesday, focusing on increased access to education and boosting teacher salaries.

The big picture: The plan aims to raise the salaries of those who teach at low-income schools by increasing funding for Title I. Biden also emphasizes ensuring every child has equal access to education regardless of their race or socio-economic status. He joins other 2020 candidates who have released sweeping education policies — including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Why it matters: Biden shared his plan from Houston, Texas, while meeting with the American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers' union, in hopes of securing a coveted endorsement, per Politico.

Key Details:
  • Triple funding for Title I to increase the salaries of teachers at low-income schools and close the $23 billion funding gap between white and non-white schools.
  • Compensate teachers for the extra work they do outside of the classroom, such as mentoring or coaching.
  • Revise the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to better help teachers with their own student loans.
  • Double school psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.
  • Pass infrastructure legislation to remodel schools.
  • Combat school shootings by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
  • Improve teacher diversity and increase funding to help schools in low-income communities train students for the future.
  • Reinstate an Obama-era policy that ensures schools are continually working to desegregate.
  • Fully fund extra cost of special education required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Increase vocational and technical training at schools.
  • Offer pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, increase access to early development professionals and expand home visiting from specialists

Go deeper: Joe Biden on the issues, in under 500 words

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Swimmer Chase Kalisz first American to win Olympics gold medal

Chase Kalisz of Team United States celebrates after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Swimmer Chase Kalisz became on Sunday the first Team USA Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver .86 seconds later.

California's largest wildfire razes homes as 88 huge blazes burn in U.S.

Firefighters on the scene as dozens of homes burn during the Dixie Fire in the Indian Falls neighborhood of unincorporated Plumas County, California, on July 24. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Flames from California's biggest wildfire were engulfing homes in the state's north overnight — one of 88 large blazes raging in the U.S.

Driving the news: The Dixie Fire, which erupted July 14 near the origin of the deadly 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, was tearing through the community of Indian Falls in the neighboring Plumas County, per AP.

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States on the 18th tee during Day Two of the 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 16 in Sandwich, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.

What he's saying: "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.