GJ Atwood-Waller, GWU MPB, Feature Editor

It’s just a month away from our National Elections on Nov 8th.  Eight years ago we had a radical change in this country that impacted the publishing industry, in particular the Education (K-12) sector.  When under the previous administration POTUS 43 and 1st Lady sat on the Board at McGraw Hill and touted the series, No Child Left Behind.  Under the new direction in the United States, to be inclusive as well as a diverse nation; the series did not work due to exclusivity and various bias.  New 21st Century digital initiatives were established by The White House. Now we are on the verge of changing the landscape of Education, and its impact on publishing.  http://www.whitehouse.gov

In a blog article “K-12 Education Shut Out of the Presidential Debate Spotlight” at Education Week, they ask, “The big question is: Will K-12 education get any more attention in the next Clinton-Trump debate, which is slated to be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.? “  http://bit.ly/2djNg2a

President Obama announced, “If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible—from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career.”  promo_3 In March of 2010, the Obama Administration sent Congress a Blueprint for Reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, addressing the issues created by No Child Left Behind while pursuing high standards and closing the achievement gap. But because Congress has not acted to reauthorize ESEA, the Administration moved forward in providing states flexibility within the law — as authorized by provisions in the law itself — to pursue comprehensive plans to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of teaching. To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have received ESEA flexibility. For additional details on these reforms, click:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/reform

Education initiatives and reform measures include: At a Glance,Early Childhood, K-12 Students, Higher Education; as well as Reform measures, Innovation, STM Initiatives, Women in Science, and Turning Around Failing Schools.  More detailed information can be found at:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

One highlight that the current administration has championed is the ConnectED Initiative by improving resources for schools, teachers, and students. Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 40% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology. Under ConnectED, however, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2018. That connectivity will help transform the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income. https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected

The Association of American Publishers advocate: Priorities and Positions including these issues Modernizing Copyright, Embracing Digital Publishing, Celebrating Freedom of Expression, and Promoting Fair and Open Markets.  For more information about Education from a Publishing perspective. http://publishers.org/priorities-positions

In the following pages, I piece together research on where the Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on Education, and the potential future that will impact textbooks, curriculum, supplementary materials, accessibility, digital resources, and overall national budgetary directions.

It is my observation, that Education is heavily influenced during an Election year, particularly after 8 years of service and a new President is forthcoming. The following presentation is a recap of where the two prominent candidates stand on Education:

Continue reading for a Summary the Presidential Nominees outlook on Education:




“I believe getting off to a good start should be our children’s birthright, part of the basic bargain that we have with each other as a nation. Every child should have the tools and the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s economy, especially those kids from our most vulnerable and at-risk communities.” Hillary, June 15, 2015

“Every child deserves the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.” Hillary

 Common Core

Clinton has expressed support for Common Core. She says, “The really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort. It was actually nonpartisan. It wasn’t politicized…. Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. And [speaking to Iowans] you see the value of it, you understand why that helps you organize your whole education system. And a lot of states unfortunately haven’t had that, and so don’t understand the value of a core, in this sense a Common Core.” (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Issues/Education on her website there are 7 Categories of interests:  An Economy that works for everyone, Campus Early Childhood Education; K-12 Education, Sexual Assault; Making College Debt-free and Taking on Student Debt; and Technology and Innovation.

In the Technology & Innovation Education section, Hillary posts the following message. Invest in world-class digital infrastructure by:   http://hrc.io/2amkLlT

  • Committing that 100 percent of households in America will have access to high-speed, affordable broadband by 2020
  • Deploying 5G wireless and other next-generation systems that can deliver faster wireless connections and enable the Internet of Things
  • Connecting public spaces like airports, mass transit systems, recreation centers, and career centers to high-speed internet so they can offer free wifi to the public
  • Launching a model digital communities program that encourages communities to foster greater access to high-speed internet for their residents at affordable prices
  • Hillary has been a champion of internet freedom—and she understands we must position American innovators to lead the world in the next generation of technology revolutions while defending universal access to the global, digital marketplace of ideas and protecting individual privacy and security.

Recent News

In an article, Will Hillary Clinton’s Education Policy Break From Obama’s in a Huge Way, by Kristina Rizga,

Mother Jones (9/9/16) writes, “There’s a lot of anxiety about the transition from this president to the next administration,” said Shavar Jeffries, the president of a think tank affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform, a powerful pro-testing group, during a recent education forum.  “Obama had positioned himself as a reformer who was apologetically for charter schooling, teacher evaluations, the notion of common standards,” said Rick Hess, a veteran education policy expert with the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “With Clinton, you see an agenda that leans much      more toward teacher unions than the Democrats for Education Reform.”           http://bit.ly/2cvdtwp




“Every child in America deserves a great education and opportunity to achieve their dreams. We will enhance education options for students through school choice and charters, and respect for homeschoolers in their quest for educational alternatives. We will also make it easier for families to afford college so students aren’t buried in debt.  (Source: Google 9/16/16)

“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education.” Trump

Higher Education

Trump University LLC  was an American for-profit education company that ran a real estate training program from 2005 until at least 2010. After multiple lawsuits, it is now defunct. It was founded by Donald Trump and his associates, Michael Sexton and Jonathan Spitalny. The company offered courses in real estate, asset management, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation, charging between $1,500 and $35,000 per course. In 2005 the operation was notified by New York State authorities that its use of the word “university” violated state law. After a second such notification in 2010, the name of the operation was changed to the “Trump Entrepreneurial Institute”. Trump was also found personally liable for failing to obtain a business license for the operation. In 2013 the state of New York filed a $40 million civil suit claiming that Trump University made false claims and defrauded consumers; the lawsuit is ongoing as of 2016.” (source: en.wikipedia.org)

Common Core

“Trump has stated his support for school choice and local control for primary and secondary schools. He opposes the Common Core State Standards Initiative for primary and secondary schools, and has called Common Core a disaster that must be ended. He has stated he would abolish all or part of the Department of Education.” (source: en.wikipedia.org)

Military Education Honor

“Trump receiving the 2015 Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation’s annual Leadership Award in recognition for his contributions to American military education programs.” (source: en.wikipedia.org)

Recent News

According to The Washington Post, support for Trump is higher in areas with a higher mortality rate for middle-age white people. A sample of interviews with more than 11,000 Republican-leaning respondents from August to December 2015 found that Trump at that time found his strongest support among Republicans in West Virginia, followed by New York, and then followed by six Southern states.  Trump support is high among working and middle-class white male voters with annual incomes of less than $50,000 and no college degree. This group, particularly those with less than a high-school education, has suffered a decline in their income in recent years.

NRP (9/25/16) ran an article, “Donald Trumps Plan for America’s Schools,” they reported, “Hoping to flesh out Trump’s education ideas ahead of tomorrow’s big presidential debate, we asked his campaign for help. They never got back to us.  We also reached out to the two men who, as reported by Education Week, have been named to the candidate’s presidential transition team for education. Both said they could not talk without permission from the Trump campaign, permission that was not granted.


Wrapping up, it is my observation that Education shifts based on the direction setting policies for the United States, which directly impacts publishing, schools, teachers, students, and innovation. What matters most is that we each exercise our Constitutional right to Vote.

GJ Atwood-gj-indieWaller, Featured Writer of the CoHo12 Colonial Catalyst. An Independent Author & Publisher with books on Amazon, IndieBound, and Books-a-Million; with distribution in the USA, Canada, Europe and UK. Designed and Promoter of Seashell Santas which Won: Runner Up, Wildcard in the Beach Book Festival (CA, NYC). Supports & attends American Library Association (ALA) conferences, and hosts an online portfolio of galleries on Fine Art America.