President Trump signed an executive order Monday which allows families who do not have in-person learning options available at their schools to access federal funding to attend private institutions offering in-person classes. The order also enables low-income families to use federal emergency scholarships to cover the costs of homeschooling or tutoring services, as well.
“While some families, especially those with financial means, have been able to mitigate school disruptions through in-person options such as homeschooling, private schools, charter schools, and innovative models like microschools and ‘learning pods,’ for many families, their children’s residentially assigned public school remains their only financially available option. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of all public-school students in the United States began school remotely this fall. These children, including those with special needs, are being underserved due to the public education system’s failure to provide in-person learning options.”Executive Order by President Donald J. Trump
The Right praises the move and believes parents should have the choice to decide what learning option is best for their child. Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, stated “too many students still lack access to much-needed in-person learning” and said the decision “demonstrates our continued commitment to empowering students with the resources they need to find the right fit for their education.” Scott T. Parkinson, Vice President of Government Affairs at The Club For Growth, called it a “HUGE step forward for parental choice.”
“This is big, welcome news. Microschools, private schools, and homeschool co-ops are excellent options. Kids need help now; they don’t have time to wait.”Leslie Hiner, Esq., Vice President of Legal Affairs at EdChoice
The official Republican National Party Twitter Page applauded Trump, stating, “President @realDonaldTrump has made it a priority of his Administration to promote high-quality educational opportunities for ALL students!”
The Left has criticized DeVo’s push for school choice and argues that it diverts much-needed funds from the public education system, which benefits those most in need and the majority of the student population. The Left believes Biden, once president, will quickly undo the move. “It’s super weird. This will obviously not go into effect,” stated Sasha Pudelski, advocacy director at the School Superintendents Association. “Federal dollars shouldn’t be funding religious schools in any form. Period,” read one tweet.
“The White House spun the executive order as an attempt to provide more flexibility to parents amid what Trump called ‘the public education system’s failure to provide in-person learning options.’ Trump neglected to mention, however, that his administration has failed to create the conditions for a safe reopening of public schools.”Kenny Stancil, Journalist for Common Dreams and AlterNet