Education Finally Making its way to the Podium
Marco Rubio Talks Education Reform at #GOPTownHall
The Good Men Project | Jessicah Lahitou | February 18, 2016
In following the 2016 election cycle, I hear scant mentions of K12 Education policy from the Democratic side. No doubt both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have views and ideas on the issue, but neither has made a priority of bringing school reform into the spotlight.
On the Republican side, the same.
Until last night. At CNN’s first round of Republican Town Halls, Senator Marco Rubio got a question from a college student who worried about her student loans. After detailing his four policies to make college more affordable and loan repayment more doable, Rubio later received another question about struggling K12 students at low-performing schools. He then mentioned something that has been woefully overlooked by both parties for a long time: school choice is an option for everyone but poor people.
John McLaughlin, Ph.D. shared his perspective on this story below:
The absence of campaign discussion on K-12 education reflects what just went down in ESSA: the feds punted K-12 education back to the states. The feds have surrendered after wrestling for control over public education since 1983 with the issue of A Nation At Risk.
Rubio hails from Florida, the state with the widest use of voucher programs – especially its precedent setting John McKay Scholarship Program for children with special needs.
Bully for Rubio for stepping up on an issue that touches 55 million K-12 students, their parents and grandparents, 4 million teachers, and 20 million preschool aged children. That’s a lot of Americans.
-John McLaughlin, Ph.D.
John M. McLaughlin, Ph.D., directs the Research & Analytics unit of ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education, which evaluates initiatives, provides reviews of literature, examines specific performance inquiries for school district partners, and conducts and publishes original research.
Before joining the company in 1999, John published the influential Education Industry Report and was a tenured associate professor of educational administration. In 1977, he founded Benton Hall Academy, a school in the Nashville area for students in need of a small and caring environment.