The Democratic presidential hopeful is planning to roll out a $20 billion plan to expand and modernize the nation’s public schools starting in the next several months.
Sanders has been criticized for his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and to phase in $15 tuition waivers for students.
The move has come under fire from many advocates and educators, who argue that it could negatively affect students’ education and quality of life.
Sanders’ plan is aimed at helping the nation get a handle on how to improve public education in the wake of the Great Recession and the Great Depression.
It includes $1 trillion in investments in teacher training and apprenticeships.
The plan would create new teachers, increase teacher pay and raise the number of apprenticeships to 25,000.
It would also give $500 million to states to hire more teachers, including $500,000 for each state with a teacher shortage.
The plan would also create a new apprenticeship for every student to be paid $500 and would invest $1 billion in additional apprenticeships in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Sanders also said in a statement Friday that the plan will help the nation prepare for a future of rising wages.
The new teacher pay would go up to $35,000 per year, he said, which is about 50 percent more than what teachers earn today.
It would also double the amount of money the government gives to states that have high teacher shortages.