Although he has a long history in governance, Biden’s positions on testing, charters and vouchers are difficult to discern. He has been outspoken in his support of smaller class sizes and pre-school. Biden said that we must “end the Trump DeVos education agenda” during one of his first rallies however he gave no specifics regarding what in that agenda he opposes.
Direct Campaign Contributions
Citizens for Biden did not receive contributions from prominent education reform donors in his last Senate campaign in 2008.
In 2008 no PACs made independent expenditures on behalf of Joe Biden.
Although Joe Biden’s brother is active in the for-profit charter sector of Florida, we have not found any information on where the candidate himself stands on charter schools.
Biden voted for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Biden also voted for a bill that would fund state testing rather than fund tutors.
Biden said he regretted his vote for NCLB, stating “I would scrap it — or I guess, theoretically, you could do a major overhaul. But I think I’d start from the beginning. You need better teachers. You need smaller classrooms. You need to start kids earlier. It’s all basic.”
Biden’s wife Jill was a public high school teacher and later a community college professor. The Biden’s created the Biden Foundation (which they suspended when he announced his presidential campaign). One of the pillars of the foundation was “Advancing Community Colleges.”
A review of the Biden Foundation’s funders revealed no contributions from education reform foundations or donors. We found no evidence of the Foundation giving to charter schools, voucher programs or corporate education reform groups.
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