I was born less than three months before the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.
Ten years prior to that, Brown v. Board of Education struck down the notion of “separate but equal” segregated schools.
In my 56 years on this globe, I have lived in or near major urban cities. In that time, in cities across the country — from Oakland to Baltimore, Chicago to Atlanta — I cannot recall a Republican in charge of our failing public education system.
In 2004, a Republican-majority Congress enacted the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, under the auspices of a Republican president, George W. Bush.
This voucher program had low-income, predominately minority children – you know, those “poor kids who are just as bright as white kids” Joe Biden talked about – outperforming traditionally schooled children.
The Obama-Biden administration pulled the plug on the program while President Obama exercised his own school choice by sending his daughters to Sidwell Friends, a private school with a price tag, at the time, of over $24,000 per year per child.
During those same Obama-Biden years, however, in two separate instances, two different black mothers, Kelley Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell, were jailed.
Their “crime” was daring to send their children to better schools located outside of their ZIP code and their failing local school systems.
In stark contrast, President Donald Trump invited Stephanie Davis and her daughter Janiyah Davis to the State of the Union address earlier this year in order to award them a full scholarship to a better school.
Mr. Trump signed an executive order so that parents like Kelley Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell would never be jailed again for enrolling children across ZIP codes.
As a home-schooler with over 20 years of experience, I know that school choice has made the difference for my children.
I’m blessed to live in a world where the freedom of school choice allows me to instill in my children the values most important to our family. President Trump has put school choice at the forefront of his policies.
School choice had allowed me to accelerate school for my daughter, who was reading at the college level by the time she was in high elementary grades/early middle school.
My oldest could indulge his love of robotics and enrolled in dual learning – earning both high school and college credits at the age of 16.
And it has allowed my youngest, who has cognitive differences, the freedom to learn the rich black history behind capoeira and fulfill his dream of being an intern at an animal rehabilitation center where he’s also learning facilities management and carpentry.
President Trump understands that a ZIP code shouldn’t determine a child’s educational future.
While Joe Biden continues to put students last, President Trump is making a difference for our future generation.
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