She plans to continue to promote community colleges that are free of tuition for two years, as she did during and after the Obama administration, as well as her work in supporting military families and anti-cancer initiatives. According to the movement, the new plan includes addressing food insecurity caused by the pandemic and addressing the unequal use of technology and broadband by students.
Ohio University professor Katherine Jellison said: “For the first lady, this will be a real modernization… Let the president’s spouse live the lives of most women, and these jobs It’s all done in professions outside the home.”
Jill Biden assured union members that teachers will have a “seat” in the Biden government. She said her husband would want to appoint an education secretary who is an educator with public school experience And will fight for the right to education. Organization and collective bargaining.
She said in a fundraising event with NEA members in October: “Joe knows that the best policies do not come from…politics.” “They come from educators like us.”
Jill Biden (Jill Biden) held several activities with the teachers’ union during the election campaign. The Chairman of the National Education Bureau Becky Pringle said she fully hopes that the dialogue will continue. Workers cooperate and discuss the development of the entire government.
“With Joe, we got Jill,” Pringle said in an interview before the election.. “She understands how we as a profession must have that kind of professional authority and respect to truly complete our professionally trained work.”
The Senate, possibly led by the Republicans, and the victory of Republicans in the House of Representatives will make it more difficult for Joe Biden to complete his labor agenda. “I am concerned about this,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which has 1.7 million members.
Even so, Jill Biden’s promotion is an improvement for the educators who promote the sport, from AFT’s multi-state, voting bus tour to NEA’s digital organization, phone banking, SMS , Virtual assemblies and caravans.
“Imagine, imagine the people living in the White House. We have been here and fully understand our needs and concerns,” Stephanie Ingram, a fourth-grade teacher and chairperson of the Delaware Educational Association, at the NEA fundraiser Say.
Biden has taught in community colleges, high schools, and youth psychiatric hospitals for more than 30 years.She delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention in August From a classroom at Brandywan Middle School in Wilmington, where she taught English in the early 1990s.
In his speech on Saturday, Joe Biden said: “Today is a beautiful day for American educators.” “You will have your own in the White House.”
Jill Biden wrote that she never intended to make a statement as the first second lady to continue her full-time job. Her advisers thought that was too much. Someone asked her if she was crazy. She wrote in her 2019 memoir “Where does the light come from”: “I just want to do what I like best.” Her husband’s answer was: “Of course it should.”
In her memoirs, she described “dangling into a double life between the state reception and the midterm exam”. Biden told NEA members during a fundraising event that she had found her own “niche” teaching at a community college, and students from “all walks of life” participated in the event. But she was never interested in letting them know her identity.
When students asked her if she was Joe Biden’s wife, she would tell them that he was a relative. “Or, if I was forced, I would say,’You know, I am your English teacher,'” she told NPR in 2013, adding that she was also a professor. “This is who I want to be. I want to be their English teacher, Doctor B. Frankly speaking, I think they like that.”
According to her popular hashtags on RateMyProfessors.com, Biden gave her students “good feedback”, “respected” and “inspiring”, but she was also a “strong first-year student” and provided “a lot of homework” “.
Financial disclosures showed that Biden continued to receive a salary when she was the second lady, but when asked if she would come in January, the campaign did not respond.
At the White House, former President Barack Obama tapped her to help promote community colleges, bring the country to different campuses, and work training and completion programs.
Obama said at the White House community college summit ten years ago: “The only reason she came here is that her university president allowed her to miss school.” “And this morning, while participating in the Today Show, I received a briefing and host from the staff. Between the summits, she actually graded the papers in the White House office.”
Biden became chairman of the independent College Commitment Advisory Committee in 2015, which promotes the development of free community colleges for at least two years. Her work continued until last spring, until her husband initiated the 2020 bid.
When the non-partisan “University Commitment” movement was launched, it identified 53 “University Commitment” plans across the country. Martha Kanter, the chief executive of the non-profit organization, said that the program has now been implemented in 47 states, including 30 states across the state.
“She has a vision on this,” said Kanter, the former deputy minister of education. During the Obama administration. “She knew that this country would not be prosperous without an education above high school.”
Obama’s effort to promote federal legislation to provide two-year tuition-free community colleges has never passed Congress, but Joe Biden plans to revive this effort. His plan also called for the abolition of four-year public university tuition for families with an annual income of $125,000 or less.
Debbie Cochrane, executive vice president of the College of Access and Success, said that the appointment of Jill Biden as the first lady can ensure that the government will not ignore the importance of community colleges and ensure that community colleges are affordable and have sufficient funding.
She said: “As we enter a situation that may eventually lead to a devastating recession, this is very important.” Community colleges are one of the largest single levers we have in the country’s economic mobility. Therefore, fully supporting them will help us recover from this time. “
Jill Biden uses different ways to convey information, from note paper to husband on bathroom mirror A more creative approach. In her memoir, she described how when the party leader tried to get her husband to run for president in 2003, she wore a bikini in the living room angrily, with “No” written on it. The family has decided against it.
He did not run.
The teachers hope she can represent them in the White House. “She is in his ears,” Pringle said. “Anyone who has a spouse knows how influential it is. … Any teacher’s spouse will experience this kind of life because they bring this kind of life home.”
Jeffrey Henig, director of the Politics and Education Program at Columbia University Teachers’ College, said her views on education will be “a bit heavy,” but Joe Biden is more likely to rely on its advisory team. Formulate education policies.
He said: “I think her influence will be more of a board he fully trusts and informed than a policy expert.”
Former Delaware governor Jack Markell, a hometown Democrat, said that the governor heard the most about policies to reduce the burden on military families when Jill Biden was the second lady. . Markell described her as a “policy expert”, but he said: “I think the most remarkable thing about her is that she makes every conversation very practical, and what impact will this have on this family, this person, and how it What is it? As civil servants, what can we do to make these families easier?”
During the campaign, Biden twice helped rally protesters to drive out of the rally, thus winning the bounce of her husband. “After an incident, she wrote on Twitter: “You can take the girl out of Philadelphia…”.
Biden grew up mainly in the suburbs of Philadelphia-she was born often during the campaign. She said at a teacher union rally outside of Upper Moreland High School on her alma mater: “My summer vacation was spent watching Phillies with my father and waiting on shore.” She put on a suit. The jacket came to school, but for the school gave her” Dr. Dr. Pringle said, “Jill” was written on the back.
According to her memoir, Biden has two master’s degrees, one is an educational reading expert, the other is English. Her PhD in Educational Leadership was obtained from the University of Delaware in 2007, and the focus of her thesis was to maximize student retention at community colleges.
But she is also known for pranks. One notable action was to stuff oneself in the elevated trash can of the Second Air Force, just to bring panic to someone. Obviously effective.
“She is not your ordinary grandmother,” Naomi Biden, one of Biden’s grandsons, said in Jill Biden’s conference introduction video. “She’s grandma, what woke you up? At 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve, go for a soul bike ride. … When she runs, sometimes she finds a dead snake and picks it up and puts it in the bag. Then use it to scare someone.”
For Biden, April 25, 2019 began when her husband announced that he was running for president. Then, she went to class and collected research papers, she wrote on her Instagram account.
Because of this campaign, Biden left Northern Virginia Community College for vacation in January, but she has been focusing on returning next year and completed online teaching training and certification.
“I’m still trying to solve the problem,” she told Vogue in September. “I feel more sympathetic [my students] When I returned to the classroom, I knew how difficult it was. “
Rebecca Rainey and Eleanor Mueller contributed to this report.