As a mom raising four kids, I understand the needs of families across this country who are desperate to have their concerns about education heard.
I support school choice, because far too often, a child's potential is limited by being trapped in a failing school. Unfortunately, the current one-size-fits-all education system makes educational quality a function of her family's zip code.
This inflexibility creates big problems for the United States. One in five Americans are illiterate, and many more are only able to read at a basic level. When compared with the rest of the world, America ranks 24th in reading, 25th in science, and 40th in math. America used to lead the world in education, but now countries like China and Japan are outpacing us. If we want to continue to lead the world into the next generation, we must restore our educational leadership.
School choice would change this trajectory by allowing parents to place their children in a school that works for their unique needs. Parents know how to raise their children better than bureaucrats, and they are most capable of deciding what is in their child’s best interest.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen teachers' unions advocate for unscientific policies that hurt our children’s education for the sake of politics. This is the same tired strategy they use to oppose school choice, and I will continue to put our students ahead of politics by standing up to the unions.
Critical race theory, which is modern-day racism, has no place being taught in our schools. It divides Americans against their fellow citizens, and it tears down rather than builds up. It teaches our children to hate each other and to hate our country.
Additionally, I oppose sweeping federal mandates that usurp power from local school districts. Common Core has ripped apart the education system by failing to provide students the necessary tools and resources to excel beyond the classroom. One size does not fit all when it comes to education and our nation's youth, and education matters are best handled at the state, local, and family levels.