The United States government is currently spending an average of $620 billion on k-12 education, approximately $12,296 per student, yet our education is ranked below other leading countries. Presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have devised plans concerning the American education system, that will greatly affect student’s educational opportunities.


Donald Trump

Donald Trump, republican presidential candidate,  plans to give schools the funding to provide better education and give students a choice in the school they wish to attend. Through Trump’s plan, k-12 students will be able to attend better schools, improving their educational opportunities.

Trump believes that the government should not dictate a child’s education, and students should be given better opportunities to receive the education they deserve. Students currently are forced to attend the school whose district they fall under. Under Trump’s plan, students would be able to attend higher ranking private and public schools, despite where they live.

“Education is important because it sets the stage for knowledge,” senior Mackenzie Arnold said. “I believe if [Trump] does this, people will want to go to school and be able to make an impact.”

Trump does not only plan to give $15 billion in Title-I funds to help educate at-risk students,but give $12 billion to better educate special needs children.

“I believe that the extra money funded by the government would greatly benefit the special needs program at our school in terms of aiding the overall education and mood of the children,” sophomore Brianna Villarreal said.

The funding would also allow the Calallen school district to hire more teacher, resulting more one-on-one learning experience and providing greater opportunities to take hold of their education.

“This will give the teacher a more hands-on, teacher to student relationship and will allow the student to interact with the teacher better and learn more,” sophomore Julia Landivar said. “A good, well-rounded, basic education is key to an informed society.”



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Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, democratic presidential candidate, plans to “elevate the profession of teaching”, and improve and modernize the public school system. Through Clinton’s plan, student’s will be offered new and better opportunities in computer science and modernized school systems through the Obama administration’s Build America Bonds program, which, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury, helps states and localities pursue needed capital projects.

Clinton’s plan would improve the public education system, and make it easier and more affordable for students to acquire an education beneficial to the future of the country. Students under Clinton’s plan will be able to receive a better education, despite the school they attend.

“One of the main ways Clinton’s plan to improve the school system will help children’s education is that she will give every student the opportunity to learn more about the computer  sciences,” sophomore Reagan Hayes said. “This will lead to a greater common understanding among the middle class about computers, which is good because we live in an era of computers.”

Computer skills play an important part in the quality of a student’s education, and Clinton’s plan would improve Calallen’s computer science department.

“If Clinton successfully carries this out, it will positively influence my educational future,” sophomore Julia Landivar said.




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