On School Choice, Donald Trump is Right
Donald Trump’s delivery was calm, but his proposal was bold. “There is no failed policy more in need of urgent change than our government-run education monopoly,” he said at the Cleveland Arts and Education Academy on September 8.
Trump offered an alternative: “I want every single inner city child in America who is today trapped in a failing school to have the freedom — the civil right — to attend the school of their choice. This includes private schools, traditional public schools, magnet schools and charter schools which must be included in any definition of school choice.”
As for funding, Trump explained, “the money will follow the student. That means the student will be able to attend the public, private, charter or magnet school of their choice — and each state will develop its own system that works best for them.” He plans to redirect $20 billion of federal education aid to this.
I support school choice. I grew up in the inner city of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in a blue collar home. My parents struggled to give me four years in a parochial school and then they moved, at great sacrifice and hardship, to make sure I attended a good public school. My wife and I raised five children and have seven grandchildren. We know how essential good schools are for the rearing of children………………………..
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