If you attended the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) two weeks ago, you would have heard one major recurring theme: school choice and giving parents the option of where to send their kids to school. United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), U.S. Congress hopeful Dan Bongino, and others led the charge to push for policies that allow for more opportunity and parental control of education.
Sen. Scott gave a personal account of how education played a major role in his life, and how after the 9th grade he was on the verge of flunking out. He would then go on to highlight how a mentor literally saved his life and his future. Bongino, a former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent now running for U.S. Congress in MD-6, highlighted how he witnessed the despair many families in New York City suffer from with a public education system that is failing these students and their families and painting a picture of tomorrow that isn’t like the rest of the country.
Bongino would further highlight that, though when some of the people in the room think of tomorrow they may see a bright future, many of the families he interacted with as a NYPD officer vision of tomorrow was nothing more than the next day.
Both individuals urged the crowd to take action on the issue, saying that the fight to provide all children with a better future is our fight, and that we have an obligation to fight for educational opportunity for underserved families.
Sen. Scott unveiled his Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act and recently (Feb. 24) Bongino participated in a panel discussion on Black economic opportunity at Bowie State University hosted by the Bowie State Young Americans For Liberty Chapter, the Bulldog Chapter of Groove Phi Groove, the Rho Chapter of Alpha Nu Omega, and Black Agenda organization on campus.
Eugene Craig is a Contributor to HBCU Buzz and is a senior majoring in History at Bowie State University. Craig is also a candidate for the office of Clerk of the Court of Baltimore County. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.