Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas recently gave the Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address. During her speech, she stressed the significance of having choices in schools and presented a comprehensive education plan that would be the most ambitious conservative reform in education in the country. She asserted that ensuring that all children have access to quality education is a critical civil rights concern in the present time.
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For many years, the government has sentenced some children to a lifetime of poverty by denying them access to quality education. This has been particularly prevalent among children of color due to redlining, a practice that confined communities of color to specific urban areas. This has led to inadequate and substandard public schools for these children, as schools are largely funded by property taxes, and students are assigned to schools based on their zip codes.
The decline of the public education system has been apparent for a considerable time. Compared to other industrialized nations, test scores have significantly decreased, despite a substantial increase in spending per pupil, which averages a staggering $15,000 per year. This decline can be seen in the comments section of various online platforms, where a lack of critical thinking skills and basic knowledge of government systems is prevalent.
School choice represents a straightforward solution to this issue. Tax funds should accompany the child, allowing parents to choose the educational path that suits their child’s individual needs. This competition within the education system is likely to drive better outcomes.
The momentum is on the side of choice and opportunity. In the previous year, Arizona passed a bill for universal school choice and lawmakers in Iowa and Utah recently approved universal school choice programs. The Speaker of the House in Florida is promoting what would become the largest universal school choice program in the country and it is predicted to pass this year. Additionally, Georgia is anticipated to initiate a campaign, and numerous other states are contemplating similar bills.
School choice is a critical issue that needs to be addressed in order to ensure that every child has access to a quality education regardless of race or income. It is encouraging to see that Republican politicians are recognizing this and taking steps to make sure that all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education. It is up to us to continue this momentum and make sure that all children have access to quality education.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Based Politics