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 HarrisHarris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill EPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates 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'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call MORE (D-Texas) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBarr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report Bottom line Oregon senator says Trump's blame on 'forest management' for wildfires is 'just a big and devastating lie' 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 BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE's plan aims to increase teachers' pay, expand pre-K programs nationwide and improve mental health care.