I don’t think this is true. But she does want to make it easier for a parent who wants their child to attend a different school to do so.
I grew up in Delaware, and they now have school choice and a lot of charter schools. My younger sister (she’s 11 years younger than me) had a social problem in school and used school choice her senior year to attend a different high school. Had school choice not been an option, she may have dropped out of school or developed depression, etc. Or my parents would have had to pay for the Catholic high school, which they could not afford.
When suburbanites buy or rent a home, often one of the most important questions they ask is “what school district is it in?” A lot of people in the suburbs buy home in the a school district they like (unless they plan to send the kids to private school).
A lot of white suburbanites fail to realize that not everyone can afford to live in a school district they like.
Urban families and rural families often have far fewer choices and often cannot afford to send their kids to school that they want their kids to attend.
My wife was a teacher from 2000 until 2011 (when our first child was born) and she taught in Brooklyn, NY; the highest paying suburban Philly district, and in the exburbs of Philadelphia (rural like area) school district. When she was in the Philly suburbs, they had hundreds of applicants for every open teaching position. Those good school districts can afford to be selective to get the best teachers available, and they can afford to pay them well. Some of those public school teachers at the suburban Philly school district made almost $50 K more at 15 years in than teachers with 20+ years at the school district in the exburbs.
It’s worse in the inner city schools, where they take almost anyone.
Point is Democrats are all about equality, etc. But when someone suggests school choice, and vouchers, Democrats go insane.
Think about it for a moment. Obama’s kids when to a private school that costs $30,000 for each child. And when you look at Congress, 56% of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee members send/sent at least one child to private school.
Plus, a lot of teachers send their own kids to private school. In Philadelphia, 44% of public school teachers send their own kids to private school.
I remember that 5 grade math and science teacher sent her kids to Catholic school, and today she’s on that Catholic school’s board of directors.
Point is: if parents feel the public school isn’t best for their child, they should have options. Vouchers potentially gives a parent with no options, an option if they don’t like the public school or public school system, especially since homeschool isn’t an option for many parents.
I will leave you with this quote:
The ex-mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, was asked why he did not have his own kids in public school despite his strong advocacy of public education. Villaraigosa, whose wife was a public school teacher, said, “I’m doing like every parent does. I’m going to put my kids in the best school I can. My kids were in a neighborhood public school until just this year. We’ve decided to put them in a Catholic school. We’ve done that because we want our kids to have the best education they can. If I can get that education in a public school, I’ll do it, but I won’t sacrifice my children any more than I could ask you to do the same.”