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Where the candidates stand on education

Kids are back at their desks. Parents are back checking homework. But the education system has never really left voters’ minds as a top campaign issue. As part of our determined effort to keep focused on the candidates’ pledges, beliefs and what they mean, this week we turn to how Americans teach and learn.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton approach the issue from opposite angles. His plan centers around expanded school choice for K-12. She focuses on universal preschool and dramatically lowering college tuition.

Here is where they stand, along with the current policy and White House perspective under President Obama. Positions are in order of the political spectrum from most progressive to most conservative.

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