Democratic presidential candidates to attend schools forum

PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least eight Democratic presidential candidates plan to participate in a forum Saturday in Pittsburgh to answer questions about their plans for public schools.

The committed candidates are Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren, organizers of the Public Education Forum 2020 said.

Organizers include labor unions, the NAACP and organizations that describe themselves as advocating for progressive values, better schools and low-income children.

Topics will include school investment, student services, special education, student debt and teaching conditions, as well as education equity and justice issues facing students and public schools, organizers said.

The event is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend, although it is not open to the public.