Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is promising a new approach to education: creating more jobs, expanding access to high-quality preschool and charter schools and building more schools for poor students.
But experts say the promises have yet to materialize.
The Republican nominee has touted his experience as a businessman, where he says he cut taxes and opened up more opportunities for families, but his plan would not go far enough to address the needs of those struggling with poverty.
“Our education system is not strong enough to meet the needs for the most disadvantaged children in America, and that is why we must invest in the most effective and most effective preschools and charter-school systems, and we must ensure every child has access to quality preschool,” Trump said in a statement released on Tuesday.
“We must make our schools more affordable and better equipped to meet all of the needs that we as a nation are experiencing, but this must begin in the schools themselves,” Trump continued.
“We must create jobs and increase wages so that our children and their families have the opportunities they deserve.”
The proposal calls for a national preschool program, which would provide free or low-cost kindergarten to every child in public schools, and a “school choice” system that would allow parents to choose which school to send their child to, whether it be a private school or a neighborhood public school.
It would also allow families to choose from three different kinds of preschool programs: preschool, daycare and home schooling.
It would also give states the ability to opt out of the program.
“These policies are not enough to provide the best possible outcomes for all children, especially those who are struggling with education, health, mental health, or other important challenges,” said Stephanie Schriock, the executive director of the National Center for Education Statistics.
“This is not a plan that addresses the needs or aspirations of all children.
It’s a plan for those who need it the most.”
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter school enrollment dropped by 3.2 percent in 2018-2019, with a total of 3,056 schools providing services to children in public school for the first time.
Trump’s plan calls for more charter schools to be opened, and he would expand the number of public schools by a whopping 60 percent.
“Our charter school systems need to expand to meet our students’ needs and our families’ aspirations,” Trump wrote in his statement.
“But we also need to be vigilant and be proactive in ensuring that our public schools remain the most competitive places in the country.”
Trump has long said he would make charter schools a priority, and in his first campaign announcement last year he pledged to “open up the charter sector, increase charter school funding, and make charter education a priority for our nation’s schools.”
But a recent report from the National Governors Association said that charter school growth had slowed in recent years, with only a handful of states expanding charter school programs.
The report also noted that in the United States, about a third of all charter schools closed in 2017 and only a fraction of all schools have been opened in 2018.
The Trump campaign has also repeatedly said it would invest $1 trillion in charter schools, which are the private entities that can offer the lowest-cost, best-performing charter schools.
But the administration has not said whether it would also invest in charter school expansion, though it has pledged to work with states on the issue.
“If he can get his plan in place, then he’s got a very good chance of actually doing that,” said Kristi Campbell, an education policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
But advocates for public schools say the policies Trump has proposed would do little to help children who are at risk of dropping out of school.
“There are no guarantees that Trump will be able to keep his promises,” said Karen Daley, the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a civil rights organization.
“It would be a disaster if we see a lot of children drop out of high school because of the policies he’s proposing.”
The plan would also provide no funding to charter schools that have no public school, or that operate under a charter, but could have no choice in whether to operate at all.
“What they’re saying is that you’re going to give them a $25 million tax cut and you’re also going to invest in these private schools,” said Diane Ritchie, the director of education policy at the liberal Center for American Progress.
“That’s a total misreading of the proposal.”
“This plan is not enough, so we need a much more effective public education system,” Ritchie added.
“I think we can see this through.
The best public schools in the world, charter schools are a great system.”
The Trump administration has promised $10 billion to charter school education in his proposal, but the White House did not provide a specific number for the program or what exactly the money would go toward. A