School Choice Becomes A Major Issue In 2024 Election

Former President Donald Trump: “I’m a big fan of school choice”

In case you missed it, former President Donald Trump spoke in support of school choice in an interview Monday with Lion Week in Review. As the first presidential debate is coming up on Thursday, this is a significant indication that the matter of school choice could be a wedge issue between the former President and his opponent, President Joe Biden.

 In the interview, Trump said:

“I’m a big fan of school choice. I think school choice is a great thing. […] School choice is a big deal, actually, and we’re going to get it.”

School choice has long been an issue, with parents and students in support of greater access to better education options, while teachers’ unions stand opposed. This election year, lawmakers will have the opportunity to make their stance on the topic known. Since school choice is supported by 71 percent of voters, it is clear where most parents stand.

There is legislation in Congress that seeks to expand education freedom and opportunity to millions of students nationwide – the Educational Choice for Children Act (ECCA). The ECCA would create a private funding stream for K-12 scholarships for as many as two million students across America to access schools that best meet their educational needs as determined by their parents. Under this bill, up to $10 billion in scholarship support would be generated by federal tax credits for individuals and businesses that contribute to non-profit scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs).

The Invest in Education Coalition, a national organization dedicated to advancing school choice at the federal level, is leading the effort to pass the ECCA in Congress, particularly in this election year where members of Congress would benefit from making their stance clear.

Learn more about the Invest in Education Coalition here.