Voucher Left

Betsy DeVos, Jimmy Carter and Democratic retreats on school choice

The confirmation battle over Betsy DeVos eroded middle ground over school choice, but Democratic infighting over school choice goes back to the Jimmy Carter era. He supported school vouchers before teacher unions began to flex their political muscle.

Betsy DeVos & black empowerment

When it comes to school choice, black parents have more in common with Betsy DeVos than the white progressives trying to sink her bid to be U.S. Secretary of Education.

School choice & civil rights

To progressives like Martin Luther King III and many others, school choice is an extension of the civil rights movement. His remarks to 10,000 school choice supporters at a rally in Florida last year emphasized school choice as a way to expand opportunity and embrace diversity.

No, school choice isn’t a conservative plot

School choice isn't a right-wing plot, despite what school choice critics say. Take it from the guy who wrote a Marxist critique of public schools in America.

At the heart of the progressive divide over school choice

The Heart Pine School accepts school choice scholarships and reflects the environmental consciousness and progressive values of its parents. Yet two anti-school choice lawsuits championed by other progressives would kill the scholarships that help the school live up to its vision.

From MLK’s “field general” to charter school champion

Civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker, chief of staff to Martin Luther King Jr., is a noteworthy bridge between the civil rights and school choice movements. He helped lead the charge for the first charter school in New York.

Racism, irony & school choice

Rosenwald schools, built during an earlier era to expand educational opportunity, reflect many of the impulses that guide today's school choice movement.
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Lessons from a school choice trailblazer

Mary McLeod Bethune was an American hero. She was also a school choice pioneer, opening a private, faith-based school in Daytona in 1904 to expand education opportunity for African American girls. Now the state of Florida may honor her with a statue in the U.S. Capitol.