WASHINGTON, D.C. – In one of President Obama’s opening remarks during his State of the Union address this year, he guaranteed every child the accessibility to a world class education.
Yet Obama, a former private school attendant, is currently conducting a “war on school choice.” The hypocrisy is astounding, as disagreeing with school choice limits the accessibility for our nation’s students to receive that “world class education.”
Let’s go back two years, to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address. He stated that his goal was to increase graduation rates by closing the black to white achievement gap. Unfortunately, he’s trying to stifle school choice programs in which nine out of ten participants are from minority groups.
Simply stated, President Obama’s actions towards school choice do not represent the promises he has made to the American people.
To make matters worse, Obama is not properly representing the people who voted him into office.
In the 2012 election, the Latino vote helped to push Obama back into office with a staggering 75 percent of the vote. However, he is not acting in favor of the 78% of Latinos who are in support of school choice.
During the same election, Obama got the majority of the women’s vote, which significantly aided him in his reelection victory. Despite their support of the president’s campaign, the majority of mothers are not happy with the results of K-12 education nationwide and would prefer school choice options.
Is it possible for President Obama to be even more out-of-touch on this issue with the citizens that voted for him? Yes.
In Wisconsin, a survey was conducted in two cities by the American Federation for Children (both cities overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2012). The question was:
Do you favor or oppose the following statement?
Our children should have the right to the best education right now and shouldn’t have to wait for public schools to get better someday in the future.
Despite the backing from Racine and Green Bay in 2012, it’s easy to see Obama hasn’t listened to the supporters that helped him lock up a victory in Wisconsin.
In April of 2013, The Obama administration continued to try and undermine school choice programs in Wisconsin. The Justice Department declared that private schools that participate in Milwaukee choice programs would be subject to new regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In other words. they were to be treated as though they were government contractors.
That being said, the Justice Department had no proof or reasoning to take that action and wage a war on school choice in Wisconsin.
President Obama is out-of-touch with the majority of Americans on many issues, but it’s tough to argue that school choice isn’t the worst of them all. With Latinos, women and major cities all aiding Obama to victory in 2012, you’d think he would listen and give school choice a shot.
Unfortunately, the private school graduate himself can’t see the hypocrisy of his stance on school choice.
Shouldn’t he at least listen to the people who helped elect him?
Authored by Benji Backer