Unlike former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who supports Common Core and has even backed a campaign to boost it through his foundation, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a fan of school choice and will soon be using some of his time to host School Choice roundtables with parents of certain communities in Milwaukee and Chicago.
According to RandPAC, Paul will be traveling to Chicago and Milwaukee on April 22 and 23, 2014 to talk to parents, students, educators and community leaders about the importance of having options when it comes to education.
Sen. Paul hopes to encourage parents to help school choice advocates to advance their message. According to Paul, “parents should have a role and a voice when it comes to their child’s education. These roundtable discussions will focus on raising standards, adding competition and strengthening our nation’s education system – a system that is broken.”
Many school choice advocates point out to the discrepancies in the speeches of those who advocate for Common Core.
“I never cease to be amazed that the loudest voices against the right to choice and access to a good education often send their own kids to private or parochial schools,” said Rachel Campos Duffy of the LIBRE Initiative. “These are also the same people who present themselves as the champions of ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’ for minorities and the poor.“ She is a mother and an activist in a mostly Hispanic community.