The Democratic National Committee unveiled its 2012 platform on Monday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention. The platform features integrated, narrative goals highlighting education as a vital necessity for improving quality of life. This includes striving to have the highest proportion of college graduates of any nation by the year 2020. The platform also highlights the ESEA flexibility waivers, Race to the Top grants and educational opportunities at all levels including improving opportunities for early childhood education and Head Start. The dropout rate and the achievement gap are also highlighted as concerns and are addressed by the need to strengthen the public school system from traditional public schools to charter schools, magnet schools and career academies.
The platform also features a section on Americans with Disabilities featuring access to employment and health care, as well as a commitment from the administration to hire 100,000 employees with disabilities within the federal government by the year 2015. The platform does not mention IDEA nor does it feature any specific intentions or goals for students with disabilities or special education, but does maintain inclusivity and access to education for all students as one of its primary goals.