Trump Unveils Education Proposals In Cleveland

[photo: Matt Richmond / ideastream]

by Matthew Richmond

Donald Trump spoke at a charter school on Cleveland’s East Side, to a mostly African-American, invitation-only audience. After beginning his speech with attacks on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, Trump shifted to improving inner city conditions.

He said the first step is guaranteeing safety, and said that some US cities are more dangerous than Afghanistan, where thousands of US troops are stationed. Then, the next steps, according to Trump, are improving education and creating good jobs.

“I will be the greatest jobs producing president that God ever created. And I say that with my pastors in the front row. My pastors believe me," said Trump.

It was his second visit to Cleveland this week and part of an outreach to urban, minority voters.

Trump went on to unveil his plan for education. Central to it will be $20 billion for school voucher programs. In Ohio, vouchers help fund tuition at non-public institutions for students previously enrolled at low-performing schools.

A poll last year by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government found 66% of African Americans and 58% of Hispanics support school voucher programs for low-income students. Both of those are higher rates than among Republicans or the general population.

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