In the February 8th State of the Union Address, President Biden called for increasing public school teachers’ pay, restoring the full child tax credit, establishing universal preschool, and improving access to mental health care in schools.
Biden also asked Congress “to stop Big Tech from collecting personal data on our kids” and to pass bipartisan legislation banning targeted advertising to children online.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act got a callout from Biden as well when he said “thank God we did” something to address gun violence following the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. However, he said Congress must do more to “finish the job” and stop gun violence, as he called for a ban on assault weapons.
Biden repeatedly spoke of bipartisanship while also reupping several education talking points from last year’s State of the Union, including improving student mental health, taking on social media companies that target children and teens, and creating universal preschool.
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