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Trump strikes fear into teachers unions with vow for billions in school choice funding

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Speaking at the Family Research Council-hosted Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, GOP nominee Donald Trump vowed to push for a $20 billion federal budget reallocation for school vouchers.

“As your president, I will be the biggest cheerleader for school choice you’ve ever seen,” Trump told the evangelical crowd as he unveiled detailed education policy proposals.

In addition to the huge federal grants, the candidate said he’ll “campaign to get the states to re-allocate another $110 billion of their education budgets to school choice programs,” according to CBS News.

Trump promised that in his White House “parents can home school their children,” and said of Common Core standards: “We’re gonna end it.”

But it was the $20 billion pledge that is sure the get the attention of teachers unions.

Trump visited an inner-city charter school on Thursday in Cleveland in furtherance of his recent appeal to minority voters, according to The New York Times.

“As president, I will establish the national goal of providing school choice to every American child living in poverty,” he said. “If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two world wars, then I have no doubt that we as a nation can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in America.”

The real estate tycoon continued that theme Friday at the summit.

“Our inner cities are a disaster,” Trump said, as he spoke directly to black and Hispanic voters. “What do you have to lose? It can’t get any worse.”

Trump told the crowd that he’ll win in November if evangelical voters back him as they did in the GOP primary.

“If you do [vote], we’re going to win by a lot,” he said. “If you don’t, it could be a very unhappy November 8.”

Let’s hope he’s careful about giving money to charter schools that are undercover breeding grounds for anti-cop, pro-communist, anti-American movements. A network of 49 such schools were just revealed in an undercover sting.

Tom Tillison

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