President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is “the new civil rights issue of our time.” But to many Americans, talk of school choice isn’t liberating; it’s just plain confusing.
Exhibit A: Vouchers.
Politicians love to use this buzzword in perpetual second reference, assuming vouchers are like Superman: Everyone knows where they came from and what they can do. They’re wrong. And, as Trump has tapped an outspoken champion of vouchers, Betsy DeVos, to be his next education secretary, it’s time for a quick origin story.
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