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Top Democratic Presidential Candidates Coming To Pittsburgh For Public Education Forum

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Six of the leading Democratic candidates for President of the United States will be in Pittsburgh on December 14.

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer will be the candidates in attendance.

A coalition of parents, educators, school staff, and community members have invited the candidates to the city for the "Public Education Forum 2020" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The forum will be hosted by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Educational Association, and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

Sources tell KDKA's Jon Delano each candidate will be asked four similar questions plus additional questions from a selected audience.

Local organizations of these groups will play a role in the forum.

"I'm extremely proud of our union membership, community leaders, education activists and public schools all coming together to be a part of this forum," said Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis. "In Pittsburgh, we try to solve tough education challenges with innovative solutions in a pragmatic, collaborative manner. We won't shy away from asking tough, fair, probing questions of these candidates."

Topics will range from class sizes, increased wraparound services for students, and resource allocation for neighborhood public schools.

"Public schools are the heart of a strong democracy. When the most vulnerable children in our country are supported and elevated into opportunity and resources through education, WE ALL WIN! The question we have to ask is, which presidential candidates are ready to take a stand to defend and expand our Public Schools?" Asked Devon Taliafarro, Newly Elected Pittsburgh School Board Member and One PA member.

Several cities were in the running for the forum and ultimately it was decided that Pittsburgh would host the event.

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