Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said adding competition through school choice with vouchers and charter schools programs is the way to fix the education system in the inner cities that could help end the cycles of poverty.
Giuliani said, “There are things you can do. First of all, the president can advocate strongly for vouchers for choice and for charter schools. And go up against and fight the battle against the National Education Association and all the education bureaucrats. It’s a tragedy that — I hate to get personal, but it was true of me, too. My children went to private school, and President Obama’s children go to private school. Children that don’t have parents that have the means to do that can’t. Well, I always felt guilty about that. And I always felt that meant I should be in favor of vouchers. And he should be in favor of vouchers if he really cares about the African-American community because the public school system has let them down and vouchers, which would allow you to choose the school that your child would go to — and charter schools would create the kind of competition that we need to fix our school system. We need a revolution in our public school system if we’re going to save the next generation of young people.”
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