Quality education is every child's right, not a privilege that only belongs to upper-class families. It has been almost 62 years since the U.S Supreme Court 1954 ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, which abolished racial segregation in public schools because every child has the right to quality education under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Although we have had great progress, the fight continues for quality education for all. A quality education may be the difference between a trajectory of a life of crime for a child or that child being a productive member of society. I know this from personal experience: I lived on the South Side of Chicago, where I attended a failing school. Fortunately, I was able to enroll in a magnet school. My teachers there took a sincere interest in my learning and exceeding expectations for my grade level. As a result, my scores and grades drastically improved, putting me on a path to test beyond my grade level in several areas.
Republicans strongly support school choice initiatives because it is the right thing to do. They understand the importance of a good education for every child and how it leads to better opportunities to fight poverty by best preparing children for a brighter future. It has been almost 62 years since the unanimous ruling of the U.S Supreme Court and 61 years since Milton Friedman introduced the concept of school choice, yet America's children still experience unequal educational opportunities. Education access is still a civil rights issue and must be resolved with school choice, allowing families to do what is best for America's children.
Caldwell is a federal lobbyist and Republican strategist with Caldwell Strategic Consulting. Follow him on Twitter @GiannoCaldwell.