In this May 18, 2016 photo, baby Marissa looks at her mother, Katie Young, an inmate at the Decatur Correctional Center in Decatur, Ill. The Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois opened a nursery in 2007, and 73 moms and 69 babies have participated. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Empower Americans With More School Choice

Today marks the start of School Choice Week.

Betsey DeVos–the incoming Secretary of Education–also lent her support for School Choice Week.

 

Others maligned the movement, suggesting it’ll bring about the destruction of American schools:

President Trump campaigned on a platform that encompasses greater school choice and has stressed he will encourage Congress to pass bills that encourage more choice in education opportunities. Here’s more from his education platform:

  • Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.
  • Give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.
  • Establish the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty.
  • If the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty.

Why does school choice matter? It empowers parents, fosters competition, places students in better schools, and holds failing schools accountable. Applying free market solutions to education will not only bolster it, it’ll root out corruption and poor test results. Education should be child-focus, not a source of enrichment for greedy union members.

We should be optimistic about school choice policies being implemented in the Trump Administration. Let’s hope!

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a young conservative blogger and columnist based in Northern Virginia.

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