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Rand Paul: America's poor should have more school choice

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul addresses the 114th annual VFW National Convention on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Credit: AP

It's too bad progressives insist on pouring more and more money into failing schools. It's almost as if they want the poor to remain stuck in socioeconomic despair...

Via WaPo:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants children — especially minority and poor children — to have more choices in education.

He wants more public charter schools. He wants more vouchers, so that students can use tax money to enroll in private schools. He says students ought to be able to attend any public school in a community, regardless of their neighborhood and property lines.

“I’m talking about opening up all of the lines, so that kids can go to public, to private, wherever,” said Paul, a tea party favorite and potential 2016 presidential candidate. “Some of these schools are absolutely pitiful, absolutely. What I’m really proposing is helping these kids get out from the grind.”

President Obama and Democrats oppose vouchers, saying that public money should not be used for private schools.

“The president has the money to [send his two daughters] to Sidwell Friends,” Paul said in an interview last week, referring to the prestigious private school in the District. “It’s unfair to tell a poor inner-city kid that he can’t choose to go to a suburban school. Preferably, the more choices, the better.”

Paul is scheduled to host four fellow Republican senators — Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) — at a school choice forum Tuesday to try to draw support for GOP legislation to update No Child Left Behind, a federal education law that expired in 2007.

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