Overview of Presidential Nominees' Policies

The 2020 presidential campaign season is in full swing. The Democratic National Convention concluded on August 20 with former Vice President Joe Biden officially accepting his party’s nomination for president and Senator Kamala Harris accepting the nomination for vice president. A week later on August 27, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence accepted the accepted the Republican nomination for president and vice president, respectively.

Ahead of the Republican Convention, President Trump outlined a broad agenda for his second term in office. His education plan highlights two key goals: school choice and teaching “American exceptionalism.” Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has released more detailed policy plans. His education plan includes supporting teachers, investing in schools and students, addressing inequities, ensuring career readiness, and investing in early childhood education.

Status of State Legislative Sessions and Budgets

Most state legislatures have resumed and adjourned their sessions after suspending due to the coronavirus. The states that are still in regular session include: Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont. Many states have either had a special session or plan to hold a special session to address budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus. Most recently, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee held special sessions in July and August. Currently, Virginia is in a special session.