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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

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