President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary has been accused of promoting the controversial, and debunked, idea of an America-first education system.
Jared Kushner, who is currently serving as Trump’s special envoy for education, made the controversial statement during a Senate confirmation hearing last week, and he has since been accused by education advocates of spreading misinformation about American education.
But a former education official says the former president has also promoted the idea of universal pre-K.
According to The New York Times, Kushner has a long history of pushing school choice.
In 2008, the president signed into law a bill that made it easier for parents to send their children to private schools, including the public ones, with a waiver.
In 2016, he signed into effect a federal program to subsidize private schools.
In 2017, he appointed a former top aide to the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, to head the Department’s Education Department, a position she was nominated to do by the president himself.
Education advocates have long pushed for a national education system that is more equal, accessible, and equitable than what exists in many other countries.
Education reform groups have been pushing for a public, private, and public-private partnership approach to education for years.
While the concept has been gaining traction among some states and cities in recent years, many remain skeptical of the notion.
And in the meantime, some states are also considering expanding school choice, a policy that would offer students an alternative to traditional public schools.
“The idea that we should be sending kids to private school and not be paying for their education is ridiculous,” Michael Nutter, a spokesperson for the American Federation for Children, told The New Yorker.
“We don’t have to be in this school system.
The American public deserves better.”
The idea of a public school system was a staple of Trump’s presidential campaign, but his administration has been moving away from the concept in recent months, including canceling the White House’s partnership with the National Education Association, which has long advocated for school choice in the U.S. and around the world.
And while the Trump administration has not officially proposed a national school choice program, several education advocates have criticized the White Houses plan to implement a pilot program in cities, states, and regions around the country.
“They’re not just putting the cart before the horse, they’re doing a pilot in the heart of America,” said Bill Schneider, a former senior adviser to the Education Department under President Bill Clinton.