March 22, 2017 School Choice and National Education Policy: Options for Advancing Education Choice While Limiting Federal Intervention
During his Address to Congress in late February, President Trump called education “the civil rights issue of our time.”
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Heritage Foundation
During his Address to Congress in late February, President Trump called education “the civil rights issue of our time.” He urged Congress to create a school choice proposal that funds education choice for disadvantaged children so that their families are “free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them.” After years of limited discussion at the national level during the Obama administration – even outright antagonism toward existing school choice options, such as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – the Trump Administration has signaled interest in dramatically changing course. Yet Constitutional limitations, federalism, and budgetary constraints all suggest national policymakers are limited in what they can do to advance education choice. So what options are available? Which policies provide the most promising pathway forward for advancing education choice in a way that is appropriate at the federal level, while creating much-needed reforms and additional options for families?
Join us for an important conversation about federal education choice options.
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