“Education in Crisis: Biden’s Secret Weapon to Rescue Failing Students – Will It Win 2024?”

President Joe Biden is set to highlight efforts aimed at addressing the decline in U.S. student performance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Republicans aim to make education a focal point in the 2024 campaign.

After returning from a week-long vacation on Saturday, Biden plans to visit Washington’s Eliot-Hine Middle School on Monday, which is the time of year when American parents send their children back to school.

After returning from a week-long vacation on Saturday, Biden plans to visit Washington's Eliot-Hine Middle School on Monday, which is the time of year when American parents send their children back to school.

The middle school, located in the Capitol Hill area and serving students aged 11 to 13, is collaborating with George Washington University to provide tutoring programs aimed at improving math skills for its predominantly low-income students.

The Biden administration has pushed for increased funding for public schools, including those that hire mental health professionals. This was achieved through a bipartisan gun safety law passed last year.

Biden has also directed more funds towards after-school programs, teacher apprenticeships, schools catering to low-income students, and partnerships between public and private entities that bring tutors into classrooms.

From the outset, President Biden has been dedicated to assisting schools in safely reopening for in-person learning, enhancing academic progress, and fostering inclusive communities where all students feel welcome. This was stated in a White House memo on Monday.

In the United States, public education is largely managed and funded at the local level, usually taking a back seat to employment and gas prices during presidential campaigns.

However, Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, are aiming to emphasize contentious topics related to children’s education in the upcoming presidential campaign.

These efforts include initiatives to regulate the participation of transgender athletes in school sports and advocating against the use of politically biased books.

Former President Donald Trump and some of his competitors for the Republican nomination have proposed the elimination of the federal Department of Education, a move that would require an improbable action by Congress.

The extended school closures caused by the COVID pandemic led to teachers leaving the profession and negatively impacted children’s mental well-being. These factors have been attributed to significant drops in U.S. reading and math test scores since 2020.

Recognizing the threat to long-term economic growth posed by this decline in learning, Biden’s advisors hired an academic expert on this matter to advise him earlier this month.

Biden, aged 80, is seeking reelection for another four-year term in the 2024 election. The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the U.S. with 3 million public school teacher members, endorsed his candidacy a day after he announced his intention to run again.

Republicans are closely aligned with efforts to direct more public education funding to religious institutions and independently operated charter schools.

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