Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cruz: School choice is new era of 'civil rights'
The Hill ^ | May 17, 2014, 09:29 am | Timothy Cama

Posted on 05/18/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) marked Saturday’s 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision to end school segregation laws by calling for policies that allow students and their families more choice in schools.

In a statement late Friday, Cruz said school choice, allowing students to attend schools outside of their district, is consistent with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

But the Obama administration has taken steps against it, Cruz said.

“Brown was a landmark victory for justice, a unanimous repudiation of the oppressive doctrine of ‘separate but equal,’” the Texas lawmaker said. “School choice is the civil rights issue of our era.”

Budget proposals from President Obama have sought to eliminate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program that provides tuition vouchers for students in Washington, D.C., to attend private schools, he added. The Justice Department has also fought Louisiana’s private school voucher program, saying it threatens desegregation efforts in the state.

“School choice gives low-income children the same choices and opportunities that children from wealthy families have always had,” Cruz said. “And school choice improves the public schools, making them stronger and more effective.”

In the Brown decision, the court unanimously ruled that state laws separating schools by race violated the Constitution.

On Friday, Obama hosted NAACP Legal Defense Fund leaders and relatives of the families involved in the landmark case at the White House.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz; texas

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton


"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan


"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792


"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams


"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams


1 posted on 05/18/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie; tpmintx; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig; Caipirabob; Clump; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!
2 posted on 05/18/2014 2:42:30 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

well, the liberals are against school choice, so will paint Cruz as reactionary on this.

Besides, liberals also tell us that homosexual marriage is the big civil rightsissue of today. They will get mad at Cruz for co-opting their slogan on that one.

3 posted on 05/18/2014 2:53:38 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Finally! A Republican on offense!

4 posted on 05/18/2014 3:12:21 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie
The children of non-elite U.S. citizens are the new N-words, and the U.S. feral government is the new Jim Crow.
5 posted on 05/18/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SoConPubbie.

6 posted on 05/18/2014 5:30:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson