Following Donald Trump's school choice speech Thursday, at least one Democrat called on Hillary Clinton to embrace school choice.
"While I do not support Donald Trump, his speech on school choice demonstrates that he is giving serious thought to education issues and I strongly challenge Hillary Clinton to do the same," said Kevin Chavous, a Democrat who used to be on the Council of the District of Columbia. "As a lifelong Democrat and education reformer, I urge Hillary Clinton to show more openness and creativity when it comes to embracing school reform, choice and charter schools."
Clinton has yet to release a comprehensive K-12 education plan. She has a muddled history of positions on public charter schools like the one Trump visited Thursday, while outrightly opposing any kind of school voucher program.
Trump described his plan as a block grant to states, where each state would develop its own formula for distribution to students in poverty. States would have the option of participating, though Trump said he would campaign for participation "in all 50 states." He called on states to provide funds on top of the federal funds, providing up to $12,000 for each student living in poverty to use at the school of their choice.
Chavous is now a founding board member of the American Federation for Children, a pro-school choice group.
"So far Mrs. Clinton has largely been a representative of the interests of teachers' unions and the status quo," Chavous said, "which is in opposition to parents and students and will serve to be on the wrong side of history."
Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.