Barack Obama’s hypocritical war on school choice

Jul 25, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In one of President Obama’s opening remarks during his State of the Union address this year, he guaranteed every child the accessibility to a world class education.

Yet Obama, a former private school attendant, is currently conducting a “war on school choice.” The hypocrisy is astounding, as disagreeing with school choice limits the accessibility for our nation’s students to receive that “world class education.”

Let’s go back two years, to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address. He stated that his goal was to increase graduation rates by closing the black to white achievement gap. Unfortunately, he’s trying to stifle school choice programs in which nine out of ten participants are from minority groups.

Simply stated, President Obama’s actions towards school choice do not represent the promises he has made to the American people.

To make matters worse, Obama is not properly representing the people who voted him into office.

In the 2012 election, the Latino vote helped to push Obama back into office with a staggering 75 percent of the vote. However, he is not acting in favor of the 78% of Latinos who are in support of school choice.

During the same election, Obama got the majority of the women’s vote, which significantly aided him in his reelection victory. Despite their support of the president’s campaign, the majority of mothers are not happy with the results of K-12 education nationwide and would prefer school choice options.

Is it possible for President Obama to be even more out-of-touch on this issue with the citizens that voted for him? Yes.

In Wisconsin, a survey was conducted in two cities by the American Federation for Children (both cities overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2012). The question was:

Do you favor or oppose the following statement?

Our children should have the right to the best education right now and shouldn’t have to wait for public schools to get better someday in the future.




Despite the backing from Racine and Green Bay in 2012, it’s easy to see Obama hasn’t listened to the supporters that helped him lock up a victory in Wisconsin.

In April of 2013, The Obama administration continued to try and undermine school choice programs in Wisconsin. The Justice Department declared that private schools that participate in Milwaukee choice programs would be subject to new regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In other words. they were to be treated as though they were government contractors.

That being said, the Justice Department had no proof or reasoning to take that action and wage a war on school choice in Wisconsin.

President Obama is out-of-touch with the majority of Americans on many issues, but it’s tough to argue that school choice isn’t the worst of them all. With Latinos, women and major cities all aiding Obama to victory in 2012, you’d think he would listen and give school choice a shot.

Unfortunately, the private school graduate himself can’t see the hypocrisy of his stance on school choice.

Shouldn’t he at least listen to the people who helped elect him?

Authored by Benji Backer

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  1. Teacher with a Brain

    It happens that yesterday I did some internet research. I found some interesting information that rarely makes it into the discussions of public schooling in America. Please allow me to share some points.

    Educational leaders, including Susan Neuman,Ass’t Secretary for Education under George W. Bush, have argued “The essential effectiveness of NCLB has been seriously undermined…by its acceptance of the popular assumptions that bad schools are the major reason for low achievement, and that an academic program revolving around standards, testing, teacher training, and accountability can, in and of itself, offset the full impact of low socioeconomic status on achievement.”

    Schools “where under 10% of the students are poor–we find that the average scores of fourth grade American students are higher than all but two of the 58 other countries. Similarly, in American schools where under 25% of the students are poor, the average scores of fourth grade American students are higher than all but four of these other countries.”

    “Because in every country, students at the bottom of the social class distribution perform worse than students higher in that distribution, U.S. average performance appears to be relatively low partly because we have so many more test takers from the bottom social class distribution.”

    “A sampling error in the U.S. administration of the most recent international (PISA) resulted in students from the most disadvantaged schools being over-represented in the overall U.S. test-taker sample.” This pertains to the 2009 PISA and may or may not reflect sampling procedures other years. This is the data that was available when the report was prepared.

    The failing school is an ugly moniker for public schools that serve large numbers of students who live at or below the poverty line. One need only spend a few minutes on the computer to research the documented pernicious effects of poverty on the growing mind and emotional well-being.

    This is not to say we should not take school improvement seriously. We should all be very concerned about the future of the children of America, however the current iteration of school reform that is getting the most media spin assumes a viewpoint that the massive socio-economic problems in our poor communities are largely fault of our teachers and could be fixed by simply killing off these so-called “failing schools.” This is an oversimplification and it does a gross disservice to serious and lasting school reform.

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