President Donald Trump mentioned education briefly during his first address to Congress and his remarks did not include mention of Common Core or shrinking the federal role in education.
Education is the civil rights issue of our time. I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them.
Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather. As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice. But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning — a great learning center — with the help of a tax credit and a scholarship program.
Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college. Later this year she will get her master’s degree in social work. We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha.
I’m personally not against school choice (I speak for myself here, not TAE). I do believe parents should have greater ability to choose, and not only those who can afford it. That said I like it at the state and local levels, not at the federal level. The thought of a federal voucher program concerns me. The only thing I really want to hear from any President about education is how they are going to shrink the federal role in education. I haven’t heard that yet. The only thing I’ve heard is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos say is that Every Student Succeeds Act did away with “the notion of Common Core.”
No it didn’t.
Then she said the approval of state plans is a “good and appropriate role” for the federal government.
This is the OPPOSITE of what I wanted to see out of the Trump administration. If he wants to encourage school choice what he should work to block grant all federal education money to the states to do with how they see fit without strings attached including using it for school choice programs if the states so choose to do that.