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Families Deserve School Choice, Not Student Loan Schemes

August 17, 2022

Leftist logic is once again on full display, and its hypocrisy should (but probably won’t) embarrass its disciples.

After more than two years, the nationwide freeze on college loan repayments is finally set to expire this month, so progressives such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are demanding politicians act to “ cancel ” this debt entirely.

The Biden administration apparently agrees that elite college graduates cannot possibly be expected to pay back the money they freely borrowed from taxpayers, because it has begun developing plans to execute a massive “cancellation” of debt for borrowers. Yet, at the same time, administration officials assure us we’re experiencing the best economic circumstances in the nation’s history. Something isn’t adding up, but far be it from the federal government to care about consistency.

But perhaps the most insulting contradiction is the Left’s doublespeak in supporting student debt forgiveness while opposing private K-12 school choice programs. In Arizona, for example, left-wing lawmakers tried to block an expansion of the state’s education savings account program, which is now the most robust school choice program in history. The program gives every family the option to receive a $7,000 annual Empowerment Scholarship per child to put toward tutoring, private school, or at-home education for their child, rather than forcing taxpayers to pay the $ 14,000 it would otherwise cost to send that student to a public school.

Read the rest of the op-ed at the Washington Examiner.

Matt Beienburg is the Director of Education Policy and Director of the Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy at the Goldwater Institute.



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