DFER Releases Statement on the State of the Union Address
February 5, 2020
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) President Shavar Jeffries released the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments on school choice during tonight’s State of the Union address:
“What the Trump Administration is selling is no choice at all, but a false promise for families that risks exacerbating inequitable outcomes for historically underserved students through a system that is wholly devoid of accountability.
At DFER, we believe in public school options that prioritize the needs of the students, families, and communities they serve, not of private corporations. Any public school choice option should be free to families, have strong accountability, and be proven to increase equitable outcomes for students. That’s the type of public school choice that 81% of Democratic Primary voters continue to support.
Our nation must invest in our public schools; we continue to stand with Democrats—including the Democratic Presidential Candidates—in calling for more resources for the public school system.”
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