Education

End Common Core

As part of the School Choice And Education Opportunity Act:

"Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable."

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Introduce School Choice And Education Opportunity Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Invest $20 Billion Towards School Choice

As part of the School Choice And Education Opportunity Act:

"Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.

Give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.

Establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty.

If the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty."

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Limit Student Loan Debt

"We would cap repayment for an affordable portion of the borrower’s income, 12.5 percent, we’d cap it. That gives you a lot to play with and a lot to do... And if borrowers work hard and make their full payments for 15 years, we’ll let them get on with their lives. They just go ahead and they get on with their lives.”
- Trump speech in Columbus, OH, October, 2016

He did not indicate if this repayment cap would apply to all federal loan borrowers or only for those who apply for income-driven repayment, as is the case now. In the most widely available income-driven repayment plan currently available to student loan borrowers, known as Revised Pay As You Earn, or REPAYE, monthly payments are capped at 10% of a borrower's discretionary income. 

Trump's proposal would also forgive student loan debt after 15 years of full payments -- five years earlier than the current REPAYE option -- though it isn't clear whether this applies only to income-driven repayment plans.

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Make Post-Secondary Education More Affordable

As part of the School Choice And Education Opportunity Act:

"Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.

Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish."

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Preserve Federal Support for Colleges that Work to Reduce Student Debt

"Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars." 
- Position Statement

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Privatize Funding of Student Loans

"We think [student loans] should be marketplace and market driven" 
- Sam Clovis, national co-chair and policy director of Trump's campaign, 
  Interview with Inside Higher Ed, May, 2016

The Trump campaign is working involve a complete overhaul of the federal student loan system, moving the government out of lending and restoring that role to private banks, as was the case before President Clinton partially and President Obama fully shifted loan origination from private lenders to the government.

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Reopen Trump University

@realDonaldTrump tweet, June 2nd 2016:

Trump University was the subject of two class-action lawsuits and a $40 million lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle the fraud lawsuits after the election in November 2016. The deal included no admission of liability on Trump's part.

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