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School Choice

School Choice

Last week I mentioned a litany of accomplishments President Trump has had with reference to inner city minorities. One thing which I lamented, however was that Democrats have demonstrated a singular aversion to allowing Black and Hispanic.parents to opt out of failing schools and select the facility they want their children to attend. That is, of course, the most obvious reason why minority children find it next to impossible to escape poverty. They lack the quality education that would expand their horizons. A couple of days after writing that column I viewed current video of a White House educational summit that explored what could be done to remedy that shortcoming. The President began by introducing Black and Hispanic students who had seen their lives transformed by school choice in those parts of the country which were implementing the program. The evidence was dramatic. In one case a student credited the educational outreach with actually saving his life. The governor of Florida attended the conference since he has introduced and passed legislation which puts Florida in the forefront of the school choice movement. (Florida has led the nation in school choice for decades, but Governor DeSantos has added funding which allows 18,000 minority students in failing schools to be enrolled by their parents in private schools.) He recounted examples of student accomplishment produced by providing educational subsidies to the parents of students trapped in those substandard schools. In many instances school choice resulted in grades going from Ds to As and children viewing themselves as intelligent rather than stupid. The President is proposing earned income educational scholarships to allow every minority student in the country to switch over to good schools. In order to get that bill passed, of course, voters will need to boot out the Democrats in the upcoming Congressional elections. Democrat leadership continues to support teachers' union leadership at the expense of minority communities. As for the president, this is not his first bite of the apple. When he was first elected he passed tax reform which included set asides for educational purposes. He reduced taxes and provided that a portion of tax savings could be used as a tax exempt fund to pay for school choice. Now he wants to take the final step and provide government funding to help every black and Hispanic family with members trapped in failing schools. He has the support of the Black and Hispanic communities in ...

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