May 23rd, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Romney calls for more school choice

by Rachel Streitfeld, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Calling the nation's falling educational standards "the civil rights issue of our time," on Wednesday Mitt Romney proposed dramatically expanding school choice for low-income and disabled children.

Romney told members of the Latino Coalition gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that millions of American children were "getting a third-world education," adding: "America's minority children suffer the most. This is the civil rights issue of our era."

The GOP hopeful said low-income and disabled students should be able to choose to attend any public or charter schools in a voucher-like program, with federal aid following them to their chosen schools.

Campaign advisers told reporters the plan would not require new federal spending. They did not discuss the plan's effect on schools largely supported by that same federal aid.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Emanuel

    Louisiana just passed that type of law.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  2. yesman

    So Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett tried to pass a voucher program similar to this. There is so much more that goes with this! It is absolutely insufficient and will work to take away public education. Don't think that it is a freeride to go to whatever school, the parents will have to pay the difference between the funding and the cost of attendance for private schools. Both Republicans and Democrat in PA were against this program. It was the first step to the Governor's slashing the education budget by $1 Billion. THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION, IT IS A CATALYST TO TAKING AWAY PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ONLY ALLOWING THE WEALTHY WHO CAN AFFORD IT TO RECEIVE AN EDUCATION.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  3. jefflz

    Sure thing , pcontinue to pull the rug out from under public education and then ask why it is failing. How about more home-schooling at tax payer expense? Sounds great if you want more under-informed citizens who cannot distinguish Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and Fox from a massive propaganda machine.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Apparently you cannot tell the differance between truth or fiction, and tingles run up your leg when Chris Mattews speaks, so you probably went to public school, maybe you would like to be tucked in at night as Pres.Obama does his wife Michelle.

      May 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Lizzie

        For jeffiz

        May 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm |