Darren Soto, a Democratic state representative from the Orlando area, isn’t out to privatize public schools. He supports public schools at the same time he backs vouchers and tax credit scholarships for low-income kids. And he is among a growing number of Democrats who are doing so.
In the clip above (which comes to us from our friends at the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options), Soto makes it clear that he doesn’t see expanded school choice as an either/or. “I’m supportive of that careful balance,” he says, “where we provide opportunities for folks for who the public school isn’t working or who are seeking a parochial or other specialized program, while still making sure that we fund the base program in public schools as well.”
On a related note, check out this op-ed in last week’s Huffington Post. It’s on the connection between vouchers, Hispanics and revitalized Catholic schools. (Ignore the headline. It’s completely at odds with the content of the piece.)