Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the crowd during a rally at Central Piedmont Community College on the lawn of Overcash Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, May 17, 2019. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

May 18, 2019 - 9:31 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has released his plan for reforming public education, including halting federal funding of new charter schools and banning those that are for-profit.

Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation," Sanders proposes more transparency and accountability for them, as well as limits on the pay of their chief executives.

According to the campaign, the 10-point plan focuses on "reversing racial and economic segregation that is plaguing elementary and secondary schools."

The current education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is an advocate for charter schools, which receive public funding but operate independently.

Sanders unveiled his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education and Educators on Saturday ahead of a speech in South Carolina.

The release was timed to the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

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