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Bernie Sanders To Be The First 2020 Candidate To Call For Ban On Charter Schools

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to call for a ban on for-profit charter schools Saturday, which will make him the first 2020 presidential candidate to suggest such a policy.

Sanders is slated to argue in an education policy speech in South Carolina Saturday that the increase in charter schools has taken money away from public schools and has disadvantaged the black community.

“Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system,” Sanders tweeted Friday. “When we are in the White House we will ban for-profit charter schools.”

Sanders’s charter school solutions include requiring charters to comply with the same oversight regulations for public schools, supporting unionization for charter school teachers and placing caps on CEO salaries, CNN reported. (RELATED: ‘I Know She’s Stupid’: Teacher Union Leader Calls On Betsy DeVos To Resign)

“As president I will stand with groups like the @NAACP and put a moratorium on federal funding of new charter schools until rules are in place to make sure they are operating with transparency and accountability,” Sanders said in another tweet Friday.

Sanders’s stance on charter schools goes against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s stance. She said those against school choice have “chilled creativity,” CNN reported.

Sanders’s team did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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