By Ryan Walters
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Saving America starts with saving our education system and protecting the next generation of students from the radical left-wing indoctrination infesting our schools. The best man for this job is Donald J. Trump, and that is why I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States in 2024.
President Trump’s record during his first term on education is unparalleled in modern history. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, President Trump’s first major legislative win, contained provisions for expanded school choice, allowing parents to use up to $10,000 from their 529 education savings account to cover K-12 tuition costs for private, public, or religious schools. President Trump has often referred to school choice as the “civil rights issue of our time” and understands that empowering families to choose what’s best for their children will help more students succeed.
Building on President Trump’s leadership, Oklahoma passed a universal school choice bill earlier this year that frees parents from geographic and financial constraints that have for too long trapped students in schools that don’t fit their needs.
President Trump also fought to restore state and local control over education to end the meddling of D.C. bureaucrats at the Department of Education. At the same time, he pushed through new protections ensuring that schools respect students’ First Amendment rights to pray and express their faith.
Perhaps most importantly, President Trump signed the first-ever ban on Critical Race Theory in the federal government and called out the spread of CRT and other far-left ideologies in the classroom. He recognized that our country’s crisis of patriotism has its roots in our schools and established the 1776 Commission to study and address this problem. The commission’s final report was the much-needed counter-punch to the pernicious lies being spread in our schools through anti-American curricula like the 1619 Project.
Read the op-ed by Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters in The Washington Times here.