Trump’s Call for School Vouchers Is a Return to a Campaign Pledge

Trump’s Call for School Vouchers Is a Return to a Campaign Pledge

Date
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Excerpt from The New York Times article by Yamiche Alcindor:

President Trump, returning to a promise that won him cheers on the campaign trail, signaled in his first address to Congress on Tuesday that he will move aggressively to allow more public school students to use tax money to pay for tuition at public charter schools, private schools and even religious schools.

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Greg Forster, a fellow at EdChoice, a research and advocacy organization that promotes school choice options, said that while he welcomes more support for the idea of school choice, he wants the issue to remain a state responsibility. “We have achieved a lot of victories at the state level by building bridges,” Mr. Forster said. Having Mr. Trump as an advocate “is a bigger problem for the school choice movement than it is a blessing, in my book,” he said.

He added that there is “no need for a federal push for school choice” because the options are increasingly gaining ground, leading to 61 private school choice programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Robin Lake, director of the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, said opinions like Mr. Forster’s show that a federal choice program will be a tough sell to Congress. “Even the Republicans are in disagreement about a lot of the details about how the program would work,” Ms. Lake said.

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