The future of the school choice movement must include the beneficiaries of school choice themselves. This is the core belief behind the American Federation for Children’s Future Leaders Fellowship Program, which helps school choice beneficiaries who have reached college age combine their powerful stories with political advocacy training to help them grow into powerful voices for school choice.
Fellows of the leadership program had the opportunity this past week to address the conference through a panel titled, “The Future of School Choice Advocacy.” It was our intent to share how school choice affected our lives and to offer a hopeful roadmap for further progress.
Those who say school choice has racist roots are implying that parents, especially lower-income, black parents, should stay trapped in public schools that have failed their children for decades and continue to do so to this day.
To recount the history of racism in the American education system, one must start at the origin of schooling in America.
During the early 1600s, when white boys were given the opportunity to be lawfully educated, education for enslaved blacks equated to lawful death. However, despite the threat of death, enslaved blacks educated themselves. In Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, Heather Andrea Williams reports that archeologists found tablets, writing utensils, and books in “pit schools .” Although racism and racist policies kept enslaved blacks from publicly supported education, their desire to learn was important enough to die for.
A new national poll from the pro-school choice organization the American Federation for Children shows most voters dislike politicians who deny school choice to other families while practicing it for their own.
The poll of more than 2,000 registered voters found that 62% said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes school choice policies yet sent his or her own child to a private school. Nine percent would be more likely to vote for such a candidate, and 20% said it make would no difference.
A ‘quirky’ religious-liberty case: The religious liberty case comes from Maine, which has a long-standing program in which the state pays for children from rural communities without their own public high schools to attend public or private schools elsewhere.
The state bars “sectarian” religious schools from participation, citing the First Amendment’s bar against government establishment of religion.
One of the few benefits of the pandemic is the renewed attention parents are giving to what their children are being taught at school. Many don’t like what they see. Others are even more upset that some teachers and administrators will not even allow them to watch what is going on in the classroom.
Many parents are worked up about schools that were closed to in-person learning. Some are upset about mask or vaccine mandates. Yet others are concerned about specific curriculum issues.
The answer to all of these issues is parental choice. Let moms and dads choose what is best for their children….
Voters do not take kindly to politicians who oppose school choice for others but exercise it for their own families.
According to a September poll from RealClear Opinion Research, polling more than 2,000 registered voters, 62% of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes school choice policies yet sent his or her own child to a private school. The majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents agreed that such stance would make them less likely to vote for the candidate.