National Leaders Support School Choice

Governor Greg Abbott

“Every child across this great state has the right to a quality education, and to attend a school that is best for them regardless of their zip code.

School choice is a civil rights issue, and Texas must ensure that no child is ever stuck in a failing school. As Governor I have seen the proven success of charter schools, and will continue to fight to empower all parents to choose a school that’s best for their child.”

January 2017

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

“People who oppose school choice, in my view, oppose the poorest in our state, the most underprivileged in our state, because we’re holding them back”

October 20, 2016

“Support [for school choice] should be widespread…and I’m determined to pass school choice legislation.”

January 6, 2016

Senator John Cornyn

“The most important thing to the success of our economy is access to a good quality education. And what we are talking about here is to give everybody an opportunity to go to the school of their choice. And to create something that government cannot create, which is innovation. So why wouldn’t we want to create more opportunity, more choice, and see children and our country really benefit.”

June 11, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz

“Every child [should have] an opportunity to receive an excellent education, that it shouldn’t matter what your race or ethnicity or zip code is, every single child deserves an opportunity to achieve the very best. That’s what school choice is all about”

January 25, 2016

“School choice, in my view, is the civil rights issue of the twenty-first century. It is an issue I have been passionately involved in for decades. And I think it is the right thing to do, but I think it also represents a tremendous opportunity.”

March, 2016

The Honorable Phil Gramm

“What do I like about choice? Freedom.What is questionable about freedom? Nothing. What we need to do is to give parents the choice as to whether they want to take some portion of what is being spent on their behalf and use that to send their children to the school of their choice… Every child in Texas ought to have a choice”

March 26, 2015

Sen. Cory Booker

“I cannot ever stand up and stand against a parent having options, because I benefited from my parents having options… I am going to fight for the freedom and the liberty and the choice and the options of my people, in the same way you will defend that right for yourself.”

– American Federation for Children conference, 2012

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

“We recognize that the term “voucher” has become a dirty word in many educational circles… But the public-versus-private competition misses the central point. The problem is not vouchers; the problem is parental choice.”

The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, 2003

President Donald Trump

“As president, I will establish the national goal of providing school choice to every American child living in poverty. If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two world wars, then I have no doubt that we as a nation can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in America.”

September 2016

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

“I believe every child, no matter their zip code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.”

2016