Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Elected Officials to Choose for Parents

Published December 21, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) came out swinging at President-elect Donald Trump’s (R) pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, in a recent Washington Post op-ed. Emanuel is not a fan of DeVos’ support for parental school choice, writing parents should be able to choose, provided, of course, their choices are first approved by elected officials:

By nominating voucher and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, President-elect Donald Trump has ignited another round of debate over school choice. Yet as cable-news talking heads argue about whether or what kind of school reform is needed in the United States, parents are having a different discussion at the kitchen table – one based on finding the best school, not whether it’s a “reform” school.

Promoting choice at the expense of quality isn’t an education strategy, it’s a political agenda. Rather, those of us creating education policy need to simply focus on providing the quality choices that students deserve.

Emanuel goes on to advise the Trump administration to train principals better, make universal full-day pre-kindergarten a priority, and invest in lots of expensive government-led programs. Rather than let parents determine what education system works best for their own children, Emanuel wants to “invest in better schools, regardless of who operates them.” DeVos should know better than to take advice from Emanuel, whose most recent “investment” in the Chicago Teachers Union cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

SOURCE: The Washington Post


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