Joe Biden Pledges Not One Private Charter School Will Get Federal Money

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Speaking with Lily Eskelen Garcia, the president of the National Education Association (NEA), Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pledged – should he be elected president – that not one “private charter school will receive a penny of federal money. None.”

“There has to be transparency. Now a lot of these charter schools are significantly underperforming, significantly. I can see where you can have a school, for example, a specialty school in the arts or for music. But if you’re going to have a charter school, it cannot come at the expense of the public school. It cannot come at the expense of the public school. 

Joe Biden, NEA interview

Biden went on to say (quote above) that “a lot of these charter schools are significantly underperforming, significantly.” But, that comment may not be fact.

According to an article from the Daily Wire, “Thomas Sowell, who is black, wrote in The Wall Street Journal in June, “Teachers unions and traditional public school administrators have every reason to fear charter schools.” He noted that students in charter schools in New York City outperformed students in public schools in 2019. He also pointed out that tens of thousands of students were on waiting lists for the charter schools, and the public schools would lose roughly $1 billion if those students transferred:

The full Daily Wire article can be found here.

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