By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando last week. The purpose of the visit was to highlight how school choice vouchers have help so many inner-city kids. St. Andrew is a private Catholic school that accepts vouchers for the amount that would be allocated per student to public schools. Public schools have been failing inner city kids for decades. In New York, at Harlem’s Wadleigh School, a shocking 94% of 8th grade students are not reading proficient yet New York spends $20,000 per student per year. Florida has had a highly successful voucher program that is funded by tax credits. When President Trump and Secretary DeVos speak of school choice they mean that parents should be able to remove their kids from failing public schools and put them in either private schools using vouchers or charter school that operate with public funds. Charters are free to operate using their own curriculum and methods, but are still responsible for maintaining educational standards
DENISHA MERRIWEATHER WAS A FORMER FAILING STUDENT IN Orlando PUBLIC SCHOOL, BUT THRIVED AT ST. ANDREW. SHE CREDITS THE SCHOOL AND THE VOUCHER PROGRAM FOR TURNING HER LIFE AROUND.
Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles New York and many more cities with strong teachers unions are producing failed students. Washington, DC spends $29,000 per students, yet despite the spending only half of all of the students are proficient in math and reading.
President Trump famously said to the black community, your schools are failing and joblessness is at an all time high. “Vote for me, what do you have to lose?” President Trump had a pretty good point.