President-Elect Donald Trump and Basic Education
|Donald Trump delivering his victory speech (Voice of America)
One factor clearly affects education. It is poverty. It is clear in achievement gaps when one categorizes students according to National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Eligibility. One example is the percent of students at or above proficient achievement level in the NAEP grade 8 reading test.
- School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
- Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
Grade 8 Reading Scores (At or above Proficient Achievement Gaps)
|Above copied from Reardon(2011)
This week's election shows a bitterly divided country. And it is very close to 50:50. Trump, however, realizes, that a large part of his victory comes from the support of the working class. There may be some reason to be optimistic if Trump does equate problems in education to poverty. Trump, after all, focused on children in poverty, when he talked about school choice:
“As president, I will establish the national goal of providing school choice to every American child living in poverty....”Of course, what I hope is slightly different:
“As president, I will establish the national goal of providing a quality school to every American child living in poverty....”