WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House education adviser says American families should have various school options for their children, including private schools.
Jason Botel told a National PTA conference on Wednesday that some children may not thrive in traditional public or charter schools and should have an opportunity to attend private schools.
Botel says: "We need an education landscape that offers high quality options to all students and parents."
Botel's message highlighted the focus of the Trump administration on school choice. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a longtime charter school advocate, and Trump recently visited a small, private Catholic school in Florida to promote private-school voucher programs.
Teachers unions fiercely oppose that agenda, saying it will defund traditional public schools.