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Ted Cruz: School Choice Is Today's 'Civil Rights Issue


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back against accusations that he and Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah) have pushed for homeschool to be reclassified as private school "The Glenn Beck Program" Monday evening.

“I’m not remotely pushing for homeschool to be reclassified in any way, shape or form,” the Texas lawmaker said. “I am a passionate supporter of homeschooling. In fact, many of the people who helped elect me to the Senate and who are among our most passionate supporters in the presidential race are homeschoolers."

Cruz went on to say he is a “passionate” supporter of school choice, an issue he says he has championed for many years. Additionally, Cruz told Beck school choice has become “the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”

“I can’t wait to stand on the debate stage next to Hillary Clinton,” Cruz said. “The Democrats are essentially bought and paid for by the union bosses and the teachers unions, so they will always oppose school choice.

The Republican presidential hopeful told Beck he believes “every child in America, regardless of race or ethnicity, wealth or zip code has the right to a quality education,” and that school choice helps afford that opportunity.

Cruz claimed allowing access to school choice is about giving low-income Americans the same access to schools afforded to the rich and middle class.

“We’ve never seen a Republican presidential candidate that will go into African-American neighborhoods and Hispanic neighborhoods and say, ‘Your children deserve access to an excellent education.’”

According to Cruz, the Democratic Party has “trapped” low-income Americans in schools that are not offering them “the hope they deserve.”

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