My School Choice Story, JRP0135

May 28, 2020
My School Choice Story, school vouchers, John Riley Project, JRP0135

Most people think of school choice as opting to direct tax dollars to private schools, particularly religious schools.  My story was the complete opposite.  I share stories of my youth at a parochial school and the difficult process I went through to transfer to a public, government school.  We then expand the conversation to cover the pros and cons to school choice, including addressing many of the common objections.  We share how school choice (in a very limited fashion) played a role in my failed attempt to win election on my local school board.  I also discuss how this topic was a seminal political issue and largely shaped how I see the world of politics today.


We also discuss a range of other people and places including Our Lady of Angels, Mills High School, Burlingame High School, Mercy High School, Serra High School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Lynn Swann, Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Kevin McNamara, Gaby Dow, Steve Dow, Millbrae, Burlingame, UC San Diego, UCSD, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Milton Friedman, Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos, Khan Academy, Spring Charter Schools, Poway Unified, Measure P, Billion Dollar Bond, COVID, Gavin Newsom, St. Michael’s, GI Bill, Westview High School, Poway High School, Valley Elementary, ROTC, Andrew Yang, Pursuit of Happiness


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