Republicans nationwide made their support for school choice very well known. When parents are not locked into a one-size-fits-all box, they have far more options and autonomy to determine the education models that are best for their children.
Democrats, on the other hand, have consistently stood against school choice.
Of course, this opposition goes hand in hand with the teachers’ unions that have the least to gain from parents being able to make their own decisions about what schools their kids should attend.
Yet, despite standing against school choice for everyday Americans, Democrats haven’t hesitated to ensure their own children were enrolled in private schools.
A Hypocritical Stance on School Choice Rights
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Joe Biden, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), and multiple other top Democrats have railed against school choice.
They’ve called private schools “unconstitutional” and even claimed that sending public funds to private schools undermines the entire US school system.
Anti-school choice Democrats are also on record saying private school vouchers are detrimental to public schools (that already receive public funds).
Public schools are bully factories.
School choice would help, but Teachers Unions prevent it.
You can trace 80% of society's problems to Teachers Unions and the lack of critical thinking skills in youth.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) May 26, 2022
When confronted with the hypocritical nature of these talking points, Democrats generally argue parents can just pay out of pocket to send their kids to private schools. Meanwhile, these parents’ taxes are still going to the public schools they don’t want to send their kids to.
Republicans are of the view that school choice should be available to all parents across the country, not just the elite and the wealthy.
Renewed Focus on School Choice in America
In 2020 and 2021, many public schools shut down, causing kids to greatly fall behind in their education. Yet, numerous private schools remained open, therefore ensuring their students stayed ahead of the curve and continued to learn accordingly.
This, alone, caused a great deal more attention to go towards the school choice debate.
At the end of the day, parents of all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses want their kids to have the best chances at a high-quality education.
Texas House District 19 Republican Primary Election Results:
Ellen Troxclair: 56.5%
Justin Berry: 43.5%
Justin Berry was backed by the teachers union groups.
Ellen Troxclair supports school choice.
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) May 25, 2022
Yet, when Democrats stand against private school vouchers and school choice, thereby forcing middle-class and working-class Americans into failed public schools, this sets back an entire generation of kids.
Democrats may deny this in front of the cameras; yet, it’s no coincidence that so many of them have sent their own kids to private schools.