For years, liberals and conservatives have sparred over school choice. But it took former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just one minute to put the argument to rest.
During a discussion on race relations with David Axelrod, who once served as former President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, Rice made the case for how school vouchers would benefit minority communities:
“I’m all for improving the public schools, but I want to be very clear here. This is something I feel very strongly about. … We have an opt-out system in the public school system right now.
So if you are of means, you will move to a district where the schools are good. You’ll move to Palo Alto, where the schools are good. You’ll move to Hoover, Alabama, where the schools are good. You’ll move to Fairfax County, where the schools are good. If you’re really wealthy, you’ll send your kids to private school.
So who’s stuck in failing neighborhood schools? Poor kids, poor kids. And so don’t say that poor parents shouldn’t have a voucher or parental choice or charter school because it will ruin the public school systems unless you’re willing to send your kids to Anacostia.”
Rice made the argument on Axelrod’s “Axe Files” podcast after pointing to the fact that the majority of kids struggling in “our bad public schools” come from minority families.
Axelrod interjected at one point to suggest investing more money in the public school system but didn’t repudiate Rice’s argument in the end.
Listen to her comments above, starting at the 55:18 mark.