One of the hot-button areas for all the Democratic presidential candidates is education. How do they propose to make it more affordable and equitable? How do they propose doing that without lowering standards? Most importantly, how do they propose paying for these costly improvements?

Here are the plans of the leading candidates for the nomination — Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — on two of the most important education areas: 1) funding to reduce segregation in classrooms and the current, inequitable distribution of education funds and 2) financial assistance for college tuition and the forgiveness of student debt.

First: A Disclaimer

Before getting into the candidates’ plans, let’s remind ourselves that when presidential candidates propose new laws and changes in federal programs to

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