“If I’m President, Betsy DeVos’s whole notion [of school choice], from charter schools to this, are gone.”
That’s what Joe Biden, presidential candidate, had to say this December at an education forum.
Charter schools are K-12 schools that are publicly funded but managed semi-independently— not by the standard educational bureaucracy. Biden’s repudiation represents a break with the Obama administration, which had voiced support for charter schools.
One reason for Obama’s support may have been that so many Democratic voters, like other voters, want an alternative to standard public schools.
According to a survey conducted by Beck Research, 56 percent of Democrats “favor the concept of school choice,” with “school choice” understood to mean giving parents “the right to use tax dollars designated for their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs.”
Once upon a time, Biden supported greater educational opportunity — explicitly, not just tacitly as a member of the Obama administration. But now he slams charter schools for taking money from public schools. (But in a different way from how public schools take money from taxpayers.) More and more, this man’s “moderation” seems indistinguishable from opposition to any even halting expansion of our freedom.
Andrew Cuff of the Commonwealth Foundation suggests that a Democratic presidential candidate who advocates school choice will gain an edge over his competitors — given the popularity of school choice among Democratic voters.
How about it, Joe? Flip-flop again.
But this time in favor of freedom.
And better education.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.