Candidates that get behind school choice are outperforming during the primaries, according to Corey DeAnglis, senior fellow at the American Federation for Children.
“Seventy-five percent of the candidates who are supported by AFC Action Fund and our state affiliates moved on to either run-offs or won their primaries outright. And so we’re seeing that school choice is politically popular and advantageous,” DeAngelis told NTD’s Paul Greaney at FreedomFest 2022.
DeAnglis says school choice is popular among voters of all affiliations—Republican, Democrat, and Independent—but that Democratic candidates are reluctant to get behind it because it may upset teachers unions.
“The Democrats all voted against it in the [Arizona] Senate and the House. The teachers unions fought as hard as possible against empowering parents because they want to protect their monopoly,” said DeAngelis in reference to the recent pro-school choice victory in Arizona.
On July 8, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would allow more parents to customize their child’s education. Now, basically all parents will have the choice of whether to send their children to public school or get a voucher worth approximately $6,500 to send them elsewhere. This includes private, charter, or religious schools. DeAngelis calls this the “gold standard” of school choice policy.