Republican White House ticket critical of public schools

Public school education hasn’t received much attention on the road to the White House this year, but this week at the Republican National Convention, the GOP ticket has made clear it wants to shake things up.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump “will fight for equal educational opportunity and loves school choice.” As governor, Pence has overseen the largest increase in the use of private school vouchers in the country.

And Trump’s sons have disparaged the performance of public schools. Donald Trump Jr. said, “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers.”

Trump, the nominee, hasn’t detailed many education proposals but has criticized public schools, come out strong against the Common Core standards and has said he wants to get rid of gun-free school zones.

Recently, Education Week provided a side-by-side comparison of where presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Trump stand on a dozen education issues. Not surprisingly, they are far apart.

Here is a link to that comparison. And here is a link to Clinton’s education policies on her campaign website and here is a link to Trump’s website in which he discusses issues, including education.

July 21, 2016