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Andrew Yang on Education

Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO

 


I am pro-good-school; pay teachers more; use tests less

Q: Thousands of students are leaving traditional public schools and going to charter schools. You're the most vocal proponent on this stage for charter schools. You have said that Democrats who want to limit them are "just jumping into bed with teachers unions and doing kids a disservice." Isn't taxpayer money better spent on fixing traditional public schools?

YANG: Let me be clear, I am pro-good school. I've got a kid, one of my little boys just started public school last week. So, we need to pay teachers more, because the data clearly shows that a good teacher is worth his or her weight in gold. We need to lighten up the emphasis on standardized tests, which do not measure anything fundamental about our character or human worth. But here's the big one: The data clearly shows that 65% to 70% of our students outcomes are determined outside of the school. The answer is to put money directly into the families and neighborhoods to give our kids a chance to learn and our teachers a chance to teach.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston , Sep 12, 2019

College shouldn't be free

Andrew Yang on Cost of College: College shouldn't be free. No candidates have similar views.

While candidates agree something needs to be done to address the rising cost of college, not all are ready to sign onto tuition-free or debt-free college proposals. Yang has called for a number of other steps, including mandating how much colleges that receive public funding are allowed to raise tuition each year and threatening the tax-exempt status of schools that aren't doing enough to keep costs down.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Pay teachers enough to attract and retain the best

I think it's policy number 14 on my website, Yang2020.com, is pay teachers more. This is an investment in ourselves. The data shows that a good teacher is worth his or her weight in gold, in terms of the increased education outcomes for all of the children in their classrooms. And when you look at the data, teachers are the most important variable consistently. We need to attract and retain the best teachers we can find, and we will all be better off for it.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2019

Improving teacher salaries improves student success

It's been demonstrated that teacher quality is the key factor in student success, and paying teachers more is an effective way to get more talented people into the classroom. My friend started a charter school that manages to pay teachers $125,000 a year on the budget of a normal school. Not surprisingly, his school has great teachers and outstanding outcomes. We should reduce layers of administration in schools and apply the money to pay teachers at higher levels, particularly those who have proven track records and results.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Require colleges to cut administrative costs

I'm frightened of what college costs today. Most of the money is not going to professors--it's going to administrators. If it doesn't directly impact the student experience, universities should take a long look at it and rein in their costs. It's likely that schools are not up to the task of bringing down their own budgets, and government will have to help them become more cost-efficient.
Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
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