Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth “I have a plan for that” Warren has recently announced her plan for totally eliminating school choice throughout the nation. Warren’s plan doesn’t just affect parents and kids. It includes important changes to housing and zoning laws that will affect every single person in the United States.
The senator’s plan is an ironic one given the fact that a recent poll clearly showed that a growing number of Americans support school choice. However, it would seem that the presidential candidate cares far more about retaining and expanding government control over the country’s educational system than providing children living in the United States with a good education.
Like Senator Warren’s other grandiose plans, the “Great Public School Education for Every Student Plan” involves heavy-handed government control. It starts by outlining how important it is for every single child in the United States to receive a high-quality education, and then outlines just how Sen. Warren would go about forcing people to comply with government regulations in order to ostensibly bring about the desired results.
Naturally, the plan includes added taxes on the rich to fund its objectives, but it doesn’t stop there. It includes plans to undermine zoning laws in an attempt to bring about forced integration to ensure that schools are “sufficiently diverse.” In fact, it provides for taxpayer money to be used to allow people who lived in formerly “redlined” districts to buy a house in any neighborhood they choose. Furthermore, the plan calls for allowing states to use federal money to “promote residential and public school education.”
Not surprisingly, Senator Warren will make sure that public schools face no competition as for-profit charter schools would be banned, non-profit charter schools would be denied federal funding, and public school districts would have the power to decide if any charter school would be able to open in any given district.
The plan calls not only for Congressional action, but also for executive action. Given that fact, it’s likely to be challenged in court. However, Warren “has a plan for that,” and makes it clear that only judges who “look like America” would be nominated to the federal judiciary.
Unlucky parents and children who dare to seek out educational alternatives to public schools would not only have to deal with empowered unions backing sub-par teachers, but also progressive federal judges who care more about boosting public schools than ensuring that children receive an adequate education.
Ironically, the people who would be hurt the worst by this new plan are the very minorities the plan is meant to help. Rich people can afford to pull their children out of failing public schools and enroll them in private schools. Poor minorities often can’t afford private school tuition, and homeschooling is often out of the question as both parents need to work to earn a living.
What makes Warren’s “Great Public School Education for Every Student Plan” so odd is the fact that the senator herself sent her son to an elite private school rather than trusting his education to a public school system. Unfortunately, her blatant hypocrisy isn’t getting much attention from the mainstream media or progressive voters. Sadly, a Warren presidency, if it were to become a reality, would make it plain that throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at the public school system isn’t going to provide children with a high-quality education.