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REALITY CHECK: Trump’s and Pence’s Voucher Plan Is Just Like The Trump University Scam – Using Taxpayer Money to Pad Pockets of Private Interests


WASHINGTON - October 04, 2016 -

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence say they favor school choice, but their plan to transfer $20 billion of public school funding to the private sector isn’t about choice at all, it’s using taxpayer money to enrich private interests. It’s exactly what Mike Pence did in Indiana, which has one of America’s largest voucher programs. Hillary knows starving our schools to feed private institutions’ profits will hurt our children. I support Hillary because I know she will fight to ensure every child has access to a quality education.” - Ronda Mays, School Social Worker, Winston-Salem, NC


THE FACTS:

  • Hillary Clinton opposes vouchers: “I do not support vouchers. And the reason I don’t is because I don’t think we can afford to siphon dollars away from our underfunded public schools.” (The Washington Times, 3/10/16)
  • Donald Trump supports vouchers: “My first budget will immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars. Specifically, my plan will use $20 billion of existing federal dollars to establish a block grant for the 11 million school age kids living in poverty.” (Trump Outlines Bold New Plan for School Choice,” Donald J. Trump for President 9/8/16)
  • Mike Pence has taken taxpayer money away from public schools students and turned that public money over to private schools’ bottom line at one of the highest rates in the nation. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/07/20/486654015/what-did-pence-do-for-schools-as-governor-heres-a-look


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