Kanye West calls for cheaper textbooks, higher teacher pay

Story highlights

  • While everyone's eyes are focused on the raucous 2016 presidential election, Kanye West is forcing us to look ahead to 2020
  • The critically acclaimed artist ended a series of politically charged tweets on Tuesday with "#2020"

(CNN)While everyone's eyes are focused on the raucous 2016 presidential election, Kanye West is forcing us to look ahead to 2020.

The critically acclaimed artist ended a series of politically charged tweets on Tuesday with "#2020," a reference to his stated intention to run for the presidency of the United States in the next cycle.
"I'd rather teachers got paid more and books cost less... #2020," West tweeted.
    West first announced his bid at the end of an acceptance speech during the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards. He has kept that pledge in mind, saying on his most recent album, "2020, I'ma run the whole election, yah!"
    Tuesday's declaration was punctuated by a series of thoughts about education. West criticized the cost of textbooks, writing, "I have a friend who works really hard and makes $370 dollars a day... Her son just got in a really good school and his textbooks are like $400 dollars each."
    According to the National Association of College Stores, average textbook prices from 2007 to 2013 have increased for both new and used books. In 2007, the average cost of a new textbook was $57, compared to $79 in 2013.