Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden: Where they stand on COVID, education and more

Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice between substantially different policy paths.

President Donald Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts as economic imperatives and frames himself as a conservative champion in the culture wars. The president has offered few details about how he would pull the levers of government in a second term. His most consistent argument focuses on stopping Democratic opponent Joe Biden and his party from pushing U.S. policy leftward.

Biden, for his part, is not the socialist caricature depicted by Trump. But he is every bit a center-left Democrat who frames the federal government as the force to combat the coronavirus, rebuild the economy and address centuries of institutional racism and systemic inequalities. The former vice president and U.S. senator also offers his deal-making past as evidence

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Donald C. Beck, 87, teacher and principal who pioneered instruction for gifted students | Featured Obituaries



BECK, Donald

BECK, Donald


Sept. 25, 1933 – Sept. 25, 2020

Donald C. Beck, a Buffalo teacher and school principal who pioneered instruction for gifted students, died Sept. 25 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, on his 87th birthday.

As a teacher in 1958, he established the Special Progress Class Program for advanced fifth- and sixth-graders at School 81. The Special Progress Program evolved into the City Honors Program.

He later served as principal of School 8, which became Follow Through Magnet School, for 25 years.

Born in Buffalo, he attended School 67 and was a 1951 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he was an honor student.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1955 and went on to complete his master’s degree there in 1958.

He began his career in education as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Buffalo School 63 in 1955.

At

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