ED AND THE DNC: Before descending on Philadelphia this week for the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine heated things up this weekend in Miami. Education was at the forefront of their speeches, with Clinton praising Kaine for increasing education spending in his home state while he was governor as well as increasing enrollment in pre-K programs. Kaine has pushed to raise teacher salaries, and he supported the final passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act last year.
In his bilingual introductory speech on Saturday, Kaine said education is “the key to everything we want to achieve as a nation.”
On the higher-ed front, Kaine promised to make college debt-free. Earlier this year, he said he was concerned with Bernie Sanders’ free public college plan because it lacked an income test. Kaine has been a champion of career technical education (CTE), founding the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in 2014. His wife, Anne Holton, is currently the Secretary of Education in Virginia.