During an interview with the National Education Association in late 2019, former Vice President Joe Biden contrasted himself and Betsy DeVos, the sitting Secretary of Education, and stated that should he be elected as President of the United States in November, not “a penny of federal money would go to private charter schools.”
This conflicts with the current two-thirds of parents that support the Charter School, education model.
On the heels of Biden’s doubling down on his opposition to school choice, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran (R) spoke to The Floridian and shared his thoughts on Biden’s position against school choice.
In response to Biden’s comments, Corcoran (pictured) said “that he’s (Biden) against the wonderful, beautiful shaping of the hearts, minds, and souls of our school children.” In short, Corcoran believes “that’s what he’s against.”
The issue is also close to Senator Rick Scott’s (R), the former Florida Governor, who along with current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, supported a choice in education for parents.
Chris Hartline, Senator Scott’s communications director, also provided a statement in response to Biden’s comments, arguing that “as Governor, Senator Scott was a champion of expanding school choice and took decisive action to increase accessibility and flexibility in school options so every Florida family can make the education choice that is right for them.”
Hartline added that even though he is now in the U.S. Senate, Scott continues to work to make sure that parents and students have options that fit their needs.”
“Biden – a true liberal Democrat – wants to tell you how to live your life and control where you can go to school,” he expressed, concluding that “that’s wrong – and it’s not what Floridians want.”