EXCLUSIVE– Ivanka Trump Touts School Choice: ‘This One Size Fits All, Washington, D.C. Down Approach to Education’ Not Working

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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is visiting charter and public schools across the country in several swing states as she campaigns for her father, promoting his vision of an improved education system through school choice for students throughout the nation.

“For me, one of the great experiences I’ve had through this process is an ability to learn,” she told Breitbart News during an exclusive interview at The Founders Academy, a charter school in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday. “It’s been incredibly mind-expanding. I’m deeply passionate about education as a parent, but [also] as a citizen.”

“This is our country’s future and the foundation for the next generation often starts in our schools,” she stressed. “For me, it’s been a great experience to be able to travel the country and see the best in class examples happening in the states.”

Ivanka has visited schools in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and New Hampshire over the course of several months.

“There’s so many great things being done,” she explained, as she praised the teachers, but stressed the need to give them the freedom to teach students in the best way possible, adding:

There’s so many great teachers. There’s so many great innovators in the field of education. And sadly, not all students have access or ability to be part of those systems. When you look at the cost per pupil in the United States of America and you compare that to the efficacy and the preparedness for life outside of school and how our students are performing relative to their peers around the globe, we’re not where we should be by a long shot. It’s not for a lack of teachers, but a big part of the issue is this one size fits all, Washington, D.C. down approach to education.

“Teachers and faculty are some of the most frustrated because they know what works for their students,” she explained about concerns she has heard.

Ivanka continued:

They know what works in their communities. They want the flexibility to be able to teach in a tailored, customized way that will excite their classes and the very formulaic approach is failing our students, so my father has been a huge proponent of repealing Common Core and that message has been popular with people across this country because they see it failing within their communities, with their kids and their neighbors.

As part of her father’s education plan, a federal investment of $20 billion will go towards school choice. His plan provides the states with the option to have the money available to children who can attend either a public or private school.

“Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools, and charter laws, encouraging them to participate,” Trump’s education policy details on his website.


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