Democrats Once Proposed Tripling Charter Schools. Here's What's Changed

Education Week: In 2000, Vice President Al Gore ran for president as a Democrat on an education plan that called for tripling the number of the nation's charter schools —a plan that was mirrored in his party's platform that year.

Nearly two decades later, many of the busload of politicians seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are hesitant to say anything positive about charters, and some have sought to distinguish themselves through sharp critiques and even calls for a national moratorium on the publicly funded, privately operated schools. It's been one of the most notable education talking points in the primary.

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