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Julián Castro makes universal pre-K focus of education plan

9 months 5 days 20 hours ago Monday, May 13 2019 May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019 6:30 AM May 13, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

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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