Teachers union to host 2020 Democratic presidential forum focused on education

Teachers union to host 2020 Democratic presidential forum focused on education
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The National Education Association (NEA) announced Friday that it will host a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls next month to discuss issues affecting students, educators and schools.

The NEA said Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCampaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo Warren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Poll: Biden, Warren support remains unchanged after Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors 2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Minn.) would be present at the event, as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets O'Rourke rips Bill O'Reilly: The problem with our economy is 'a disgraced TV host like you makes millions' MORE (D-Texas) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate CNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate MORE (D). 

The union said they expect more candidates to confirm their attendance at the forum in the coming days, which is slated to take place in Houston on July 5.

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The event will give candidates a chance to showcase their education policies to teachers and administrators at a gathering hosted by the nation's largest labor union.

Education has become a central issue in the crowded Democratic primary, with candidates focusing on issues like student debt forgiveness and plans for universal preschool.

Warren rolled out a student loan forgiveness plan in April and announced legislation on Thursday that would forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for anyone with a total household income below $100,000.

Sanders has also taken a progressive approach to education, unveiling an education plan last month that includes banning for-profit charter schools, increasing funding for at-risk schools and mandating that states cover the cost of college entrance exams. 

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump accuses Biden of 'quid pro quo' hours after Mulvaney remarks Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense MORE's plan aims to increase teachers' pay, expand pre-K programs nationwide and improve mental health care.