Star Parker

In Illinois, black pastor and State Senator James Meeks has been fighting for vouchers that would give kids trapped in Chicago’s failing schools a way out.

The DC Scholarship program, now being revived by House Republicans, was initiated by a black mother – Virginia Walden Ford.

But these cases still, unfortunately have been the exception to the rule.

Generally, black establishment politicians and organizations such as the NAACP have defended government public schools and education status quo and sadly have hurt their own communities.

Nothing contributes more to the growing income gaps in the country than disparities in education, and the impact continues to grow.

In 1980, college graduates earned 30% more than those with just high school degrees. Today it is 70% more. In 1980, those with graduate degrees earned 50% more than those with just high school degrees. Today it is over 100% more.

It is Republicans who have championed school choice and vouchers that disproportionately will benefit blacks. Jeb Bush pioneered vouchers as Governor of Florida. Now Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has signed into law a far reaching voucher bill. Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is trying to do the same.

We shouldn’t be returning black children to public school plantations and punishing their mothers. They need education freedom and school choice. This is the civil rights issue of our time.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.