Most public school systems operate in similar ways across the country. Your child simply goes to the public school where you live. Urban area schools carve up densely populated areas to determine their student bodies. But Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education for President Donald Trump, wants to change all that.
She envisions a future for America where families can send their child to the schools of their choice. These families, she believes, should not be limited by finances. They should be able to send their child to the public, private or religious school of their choice.
The Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to give government money to families in the form of tax credits and vouchers. The families are then free to choose their child’s school with these vouchers. But opponents to the idea harp on the separation of church and state as well as the underfunding of public schools.
Opponents say that public schools require funding directly from the federal government. The voucher system would only give these public schools funding if families chose their services. It would essentially open up the public education system to the free market.
Opponents also say that using tax money to fund a child’s religious education is a violation of the separation of church and state. But Betsy DeVos fires back with the idea that the money is being given to American families and not religious institutions. Those families can simply express their First Amendment rights with that money by sending their child to a religious school.
It’s a complicated argument that seems to have no end, but Betsy DeVos is clearly winning the fight right now. America already has 250,000 students enrolled in tax credit or voucher programs in 17 different states. The secretary has added to this number by 40,000 students in her short time in the Trump Administration. And she’s using some brilliant tactics to promote her ideas.
She recently warmed up the voters of Florida with a visit to Miami. She specifically came to visit Pit Bull’s private charter school. The celebrity is a favorite among the South Florida electorate and her visit surely warmed them up to the idea of school vouchers.
The secretary continues to visit private charter schools across the country to raise their profiles in the public eye. Betsy DeVos seems to be achieving what once seemed radical for the families of the United States.
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