School Vouchers Undermine Our Democracy

Access to High-Quality Schools, Current Events & News, Legislation | 05/31/2017

Jonah Edelman

Jonah is the co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children.

President Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It’s an idea that’s bad for kids and our democracy.

Read my joint op-ed in the LA Times with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Trump’s new budget proposal would make historic cuts to federal education spending, while diverting $1 billion into voucher programs — a “down payment” on his oft-repeated $20 billion voucher pledge.

I believe the president’s plan would deal a terrible blow to public schools and to the 90% of America’s children who attend them, while doing almost nothing to benefit children who receive vouchers.

So I've joined with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, to fight back.

Read our op-ed

Private school vouchers are just one more betrayal of millions of American families seeking a better life. They undermine public schools’ role as an agent of equity and opportunity in our society, and their track record for student achievement is abysmal. 

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