Julián Castro makes universal pre-K focus of education plan
By PAUL J. WEBER
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is calling for free public college tuition and universal prekindergarten under a new education plan in his 2020 campaign.
The former Obama Cabinet member's proposals unveiled Monday would also boost teacher pay by up to $10,000 a year through a federal tax credit while funding prekindergarten for children as young as three.
Castro is rolling out his plan for the nation's classrooms and universities following a heavy focus on immigration reform during the early stages of his campaign.
Other candidates in the sprawling Democratic field are also embracing tuition-free higher education and reforming the nation's student loan programs. Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts proposed eliminating existing student debt altogether for millions of Americans.
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