Video: Sen. Ted Cruz rallies for school choice with…Sheila Jackson Lee?

posted at 9:11 pm on February 5, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

This issue is where conservatives make inroads with new voters. It doesn’t require giving up any of your beliefs. It’s compassionate by virtue of being conservative, not the other way around. And, it works. It actually helps people.

Many Democrats refuse to recognize its power, stuck in the thrall of teachers unions that manage to embody the exact caricature they have of cartoonishly evil conservatives by preventing mostly poor, minority students from getting access to better schools and better lives. And, the beauty of this issue is that in embracing this cause, Republicans don’t have to be the only ones carrying the message, stepping on their own feet as their wont to do. There are a ton of eloquent, passionate kids and parents who are willing to tell their stories better than a politician ever could.

Many of them did at thousands of rallies across the country for School Choice Week. At one of those rallies, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke alongside Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, for whom I will offer a rare atta girl. Reason was there.

Even Mother Jones is reporting on the positive effects charter school attendance can have on earnings, according to a recent study (not a randomized controlled trial, which is the gold standard):

With those caveats, the results were substantial. Twelve years after 8th grade—i.e., by age 23-25, when most college-bound students have graduated—college students who attended charters were earning $4,400 more than college students who didn’t attend charters. Among non-college students, the charter kids were earning $3,800 more than non-charter kids.

As always, take this with a grain of salt. It’s one small study, and the methodology is so-so. But the effects are large, and suggest that experimentation with charter schools can produce valuable results.

If you’re never allowed to experiment, you never get any better.

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School choice is a no brainer.

NeoKong on February 5, 2014 at 9:16 PM

a rare atta girl.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

It has absolutely nothing to do with experimenting with educating children, and everything to do with public schools’ reason for existing, which has nothing at all to do with educating children.

The schools exist for three primary reasons today.

As a form of employment for many regressive socialists adults.

As a form of propaganda for regressive socialist ideals.

As a method of replacing parents as the bedrock from which children learn their morals.

astonerii on February 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

a rare atta girl.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Suck on it, totalitarians.

rrpjr on February 5, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Sheila Jackson-Lee presents a strong argument against publik skools and ghetto culture.

…. and she’d be the last to know it.

viking01 on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Obligatory fish-in-barrel-shooting comment — Maybe Shelia can put expanding school choice into one of those executive orders she’s drafting for Obama to go around Congress to sign. It wouldn’t be any more legal that Obama’s other orders violating the separation of powers, but it would be funny to watch the teachers unions and other doctrinaire liberals heads explode (and for them to finally say what they really think of Ms. Jackson-Lee).

jon1979 on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

But how do they communicate with one another? One has an IQ of 150 and the other has an IQ of 75.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I like Cruz. A RINO or amnesty pusher is going to spell all kinds of trouble for us as far as the “missing white vote.” On the other hand, Cruz has the power to unify us, and to appeal boldly to the entire electorate in a Reaganesque way.

Cruz 2016.

anotherJoe on February 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

OK Knights of the Camelia, snap out of it, its not what it looks like.

rogerb on February 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

@ mkh

Libfreeordie usually throws his feces in all the hot air threads.
Don’t get hit!

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Wasn’t one of barkys first acts as potus to nix vouchers in DC?

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Correct step in the right direction by Ted.

But his support of 300,000 H1B visas for low wage high tech people from India and Pakistain is not a good one to help these kids obtain a living wage.

300,000 Xs say 5 years is 1,500,000 , more than enough to drive U.S. wages down for BS degree kids like these.

Facts are what they are.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

SJL? Mind blown…

22044 on February 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

The husband and I are big school choice supporters. Alas-our state rep(a republican) is against it.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Of course it’s being nasty.
That’s what it-I mean he does.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 5, 2014 at 9:29 PM

But how do they communicate with one another? One has an IQ of 150 and the other has an IQ of 75.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Grunts and utterances?

Okay Sheila, stomp your foot twice for yes but only once for no just like the astronauts did on Mars.

…. and should you get confused Slow Joe Biden will be glad to help you.

viking01 on February 5, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As my grandma would say in her best southern drawl, “Honey child, that boy wakes up with a bad attitude. Jes’ like his daddy. “

platypus on February 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Brainfree was born nasty…

viking01 on February 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Wasn’t one of barkys first acts as potus to nix vouchers in DC?

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Yes it was.

IME when I saw libbies comment on vouchers, they don’t get how it works. They think a rich family applies for a voucher and gets a credit on their taxes to attend a nice school. *sigh*

22044 on February 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

a rare atta girl.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Is it really so shocking to you that a conservative would find only a rare occasion to laud the efforts of a progressive member of congress? If MKH had ignored Sheila Jackson Lee’s efforts you’d have called her a racist. Since she applauded those efforts you sneer.

If I were your friend, if I liked you at all, I might tell you that wearing the face of the cynic, that sneer of derision, all the time will ruin your looks and your digestion. Mouths that speak hate become hard. Eyes that see only hate become lined and old before their time. Hearts filled with hate and loathing labor and break under that burden.

I wonder why no one has told you, or, if they have, why you choose to ignore them.

thatsafactjack on February 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Michael Eric libby is nasty. And a coward.

22044 on February 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

thatsafactjack on February 5, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You’ve gone and blown up his whole house of cards. That’s gonna annoy him something fierce.

platypus on February 5, 2014 at 9:35 PM

http://m.nationalreview.com/corner/181391/how-obama-killed-d-c-school-voucher-program/veronique-de-rugy.

He’d only been pResident a couple of months.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:36 PM

How can you not support school choice? I mean, really.

The GOP is missing so many populist opportunities it defies belief. Victor Davis Hanson made this point a few weeks ago. Obama’s reign has opened a world of opportunity to them, but all they can do is bite their nails and scheme over amnesty.

rrpjr on February 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Still in mild shock that SJL is not a completely irredeemable piece of feces…

There must be a money angle here that I’m just not seeing…

PointnClick on February 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

At the end, the guy says to send a message to Washington. Last I checked, schools were a state’s primary responsibility. They should be sending that message to the state capitols. The only message to send to DC is to butt out.

Kafir on February 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Wow. I didn’t expect Sheila Jackson Lee to be on the side of school choice. I just assumed that since she’s very liberal that she would be against school choice because of pressure from the teacher’s union.

SoulGlo on February 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Lee and Cruz,

well, there appears to be Progress!

There is Real Hope after all!!

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Maybe Sheila Jackson Lee can teach an astronomy class at one of those schools and explain to the students how the Apollo Astronauts got so off course and instead of landing on the Moon landed on Mars and still managed to make it back to Earth after planting a flag there.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

It has absolutely nothing to do with experimenting with educating children, and everything to do with public schools’ reason for existing, which has nothing at all to do with educating children.

The schools exist for three primary reasons today.

As a form of employment for many regressive socialists adults.

As a form of propaganda for regressive socialist ideals.

As a method of replacing parents as the bedrock from which children learn their morals.

astonerii on February 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Sorry but no, that’s just not accurate. It makes you sound just as unfairly partisan as the people you are criticizing.

What you are describing certainly happens. But that is not the sole reason or even primary reason public education exists and to argue that just makes conservatives look out of touch and unreasonable.

MikeknaJ on February 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Wasn’t one of barkys first acts as potus to nix vouchers in DC?

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Yes it was.

22044 on February 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

So to echo a comment above, this is a golden opportunity for SJL to slip BO an EO approving school vouchers for DC.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Also, maybe one of the students could ask her if Congress is still under martial law.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Two HA stories on SJL, one on Bill Nye the Science Guy and Drudge has a link about Jesse Ventura dodging drones in Mexico.

I live for news days like this!

All crazies, all the time!

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

Bruno Strozek on February 5, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Wow. I didn’t expect Sheila Jackson Lee to be on the side of school choice. I just assumed that since she’s very liberal that she would be against school choice because of pressure from the teacher’s union.

SoulGlo on February 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

She probably only means that students should be able to choose whether to go to a Communist school or to a Muslim school.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee for school choice? That explains why Hell froze over with a foot of snow this morning. Ok, it’s actually New York but it’s the same difference.

Bitter Clinger on February 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Hopey/Changeys War On African-American Education:

August 28, 2013
Obama’s War on Black Education
*******************************

Notorious for being violent, under-performing laggards, D.C. public schools have among the highest dropout and lowest graduation rates in the country. In 2007, D.C.’s 4th and 8th grade students scored lower than children from all 50 states on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Fewer than half of children in D.C, public schools rated “proficient”!

So President G.W. Bush signed the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act, creating a program to provide scholarships to students from low-income families to attend a private school of their choice. This program targeted 2,000 children from low-income families in Washington D.C. In 2008 the program funded attendance at 54 D.C.-area private schools.

In one of his first acts as President in March of 2009, Barack Obama signed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill in to law.

Buried in that bill was an appeasement to the teacher’s unions that helped put him into the White House;

an amendment that killed

the District of Columbia’s school voucher program,

then known as the “D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.”

Over 94% of the participating families in the D.C. voucher program were black families.

The immensely successful program allowed parents of children in failing, inner-city schools to send their children elsewhere.

Not only did the amendment kill the program, but the language was included to prohibit any new students from receiving scholarships too. The president rescinded the scholarships set to go to 214 families in the 2010 school year. Of those 214 families, 214 were black households.

And now through his Justice Department, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are again seeking to restrict poorer, inner-city black families to under-performing inner-city schools. In 2008 Louisiana lawmakers approved a voucher program for low-income New Orleans students who were in failing schools. The “Louisiana Scholarship Program” (later expanded statewide) allows children in school districts graded C, D or F to receive public money to attend private schools. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public school students.(More……………………)
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http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/obamas_war_on_black_education.html

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Speaking of Schools:

Houston, TX, US
1m
Houston Independent School District leaders propose to close 5 schools at end of school year – @HoustonChron
read more on chron.com
======================

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

They are wont to do, not their.

John the Libertarian on February 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I love the passion of Sheila Jackson-Lee on this subject.

I just hope she’s not just b-s’in us (and her constituents).

Ted Cruz, right on yet another issue.

He ought to be the one going into these ‘hoods and preaching this message (along with Lee……if she’d actually go).

“Parents love their children a heck of a lot more than the Government.”—-HERESY to the gods of Progressive Ruling Class in D.C. (and the beast that is the NEA).

PappyD61 on February 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM

At the end, the guy says to send a message to Washington. Last I checked, schools were a state’s primary responsibility. They should be sending that message to the state capitols. The only message to send to DC is to butt out.

Kafir on February 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Tell that to Bobby Jindal. Look at what Eric Holder is pulling in Louisiana.

KCB on February 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM

y but no, that’s just not accurate. It makes you sound just as unfairly partisan as the people you are criticizing. What you are describing certainly happens. But that is not the sole reason or even primary reason public education exists and to argue that just makes conservatives look out of touch and unreasonable. MikeknaJ on February 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I agree with him. Public skools are entering kmer rouge territory..

Mmmm.Mmmm…Mmm.

The examples are frigging endless and nonstop.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

And then we get to “common core”.

Explain that Mikeknaj.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Stealth Mary Katharine? I find it hard to believe no reply was made.

Bmore on February 5, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Not surprised two Texans united on this issue. Texas schools are especially bad.

terryannonline on February 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz rallies for school choice with…Sheila Jackson Lee?

Hey, education and school choice is one area where Republicans can find common cause with some Democrats. Cruz is a political genius to be seen with an insane racist liberal. It scores points with the LIVs who keep sending a certifiable moron like SJL back to Congress. Folks on perpetual “Transitional” funding.

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

On topic.

Strange bedfellows I suppose.

Bmore on February 5, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Does Vo-tech even exist anymore?

Say a kid wants to be a carpenter, mason, electrician, tradesman of some sort.

They did when I was young.

It was a good program. Job placement. We hired kids graduation day. Decent pay. No McDonalds job for them.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 5h

Mrs Obama tweets link to Free Application for Federal Student Aid: http://go.wh.gov/eghCzr
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Posted on January 2, 2014 by Nicole Callahan

Did you hear? The 2014-15 FAFSA became available on January 1, 2014!

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/01/5-reasons-you-should-complete-the-free-application-for-federal-student-aid-fafsa-2/
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 5h

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canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Does Vo-tech even exist anymore?

Say a kid wants to be a carpenter, mason, electrician, tradesman of some sort.

They did when I was young.

It was a good program. Job placement. We hired kids graduation day. Decent pay. No McDonalds job for them.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Not in high school. At least not that I’m aware of.

terryannonline on February 5, 2014 at 10:24 PM

This is such a no brainer that you can even get some dyed in the wool statists on board. Like Sheila Jackson. … And Jeb Bush.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I learned Electronics in Vo-Tech. That’s how I have made my living for 30 years. We need more.

KCB on February 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are. Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I’d watch him closely, and look for an excuse.

Nobody would second guess you.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

At some point even the most liberal of liberals have to circle back to conservative ideals.

SouthernGent on February 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I’d watch him closely, and look for an excuse.

Nobody would second guess you.

wolly4321 on February 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

LOL! True!

KCB on February 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

a rare atta girl.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

libfreeorgan …usually drops his pants…………..then runs!
…it’s his M O !

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

a rare atta girl.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM
.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

.
Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

.
Aw, here . . . . . . . . I’ll be nasty;

Hey libfree’ ! . . . . . . . . . . . The dog excrement on the bottom of my shoe, has more value than the political ideology you want to impose on us.
.
That should count for some level of “nasty”, right ?

listens2glenn on February 5, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I learned Electronics in Vo-Tech. That’s how I have made my living for 30 years. We need more.

KCB on February 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Surely. But I think we’re ignoring the overall social decay. I can’t tell you how many skilled workers I’ve known who are basically bums, strung out on drugs or drunk more often than not. There’s also been a decline in craftsmanship in this country over the last 50 years. Everything from our vehicles to buildings are basically disposable.

It’s interesting to see how the extremes on both sides react to “education”.

For Conservatives, it’s supposed to be what they view as practical application and “making money”.

For Liberals it’s supposed to be about social issues and rapping about how cool Mao was or whatever.

So, we get what we get. Foreigners increasingly coming up with the new advances in science and technology.

In the real world of international competition, there are only winners and losers. How we “feel” about how things should be because it fits into personal political ideologies matters not.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 6, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The individual you are addressing is a black Marxist gay studies professor who is pathologically obsessed with trolling on HA. Hope that sheds some light things.

farsighted on February 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

You wouldn’t know charm if someone gave you a desperately needed charm enema…

JohnGalt23 on February 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

The VoTech system DOES exist, here in CT anyhow; my husband teaches English in one. But the problem is that they’re not partnered in a meaningful way with the unions, guilds, or employers. So these kids leave HS with skills they don’t really know how to sell in the real world. That’s a big piece that’s missing.

datripp on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

We started homeschooling our 2 older kids about a year ago, part way through their 3rd and 1st grade years at public school. Best choice in schooling we could have made. They are thriving where they used to struggle, especially the older boy, and overall attitudes and behavior are much better, especially in our older daughter. The 2 younger kids will probably never darken the doors of a public school.

sumpnz on February 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

SJL is right on the money…

Ted Cruz is a real leader.

dpduq on February 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It’s about time this woman did something SENSIBLE!

Kapos on February 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Not surprised two Texans united on this issue. Texas schools are especially bad.

terryannonline

That’s what happens when a significant number of the students are from a third world country and are illiterate in their own language.

xblade on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Not sure if this has anything to do with it, but Lee is Seventh-day Adventist and Cruz’s wife was raised Adventist. The denomination is noted for its support of independent education and runs a very large private school system.

SoulEspresso on February 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

a rare atta girl.

Charming.

libfreeordie on February 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I just realized that perhaps libfree considers the use of the word “girl” to be a racist slur.

Sort of like the words “boy” “golf” “Chicago” and “the”

talkingpoints on February 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Are you being nasty? Because I wasn’t being nasty and I can’t tell if you are.

Mary Katharine Ham on February 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Good to know Mary Katherine is one of the few HA posters who actually reads the comments to her posts. That’s an attaboy Mary Katherine.

earlgrey on February 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

SJL is still a moron.

TXAggieRay on February 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM