AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Flanigan
Last Thursday, former President Donald Trump released a comprehensive policy plan to “save American education” and “restore power to American parents”—one of the first major policy rollouts of his 2024 presidential campaign. The plan, which was outlined in a video posted to Trump’s Truth Social page and in an email sent to the press, follows previous policy proposals concerning the protection of free speech and eliminating drug cartels.
“Our public schools have been taken over by the radical left maniacs,” said Trump. To address this problem, the first component of his plan includes cutting federal funding for schools and programs pushing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender ideology on American children—a strategy Trump has promoted in many of his rallies and speeches.
“Next,” Trump continued, “I will direct the Departments of Justice and Education to open civil rights investigations into any school district that has engaged in race-based discrimination.” Trump specifically noted academic discrimination faced by Asian American students, who have been unfairly targeted by so-called “equity” admissions practices at several prominent U.S. high schools.
Trump went on to decry far-left ideologies in classrooms as “hostile to Judeo-Christian teachings,” going so far as to deem the creeds of wokeism as “resembling an established new religion.” As such, Trump went on, “my administration will aggressively pursue potential violations of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution.”
The next pillar of Trump’s plan involves a “day one” purging of left-wing bureaucrats who have “infiltrated” the Department of Education. “Joe Biden has given these lunatics unchecked power,” Trump said, before pledging to “have them fired and escorted from the building” and urging Congress to “reaffirm the president’s ability to remove defiant employees from the job.”
The former president also reprised his previously stated call to “keep men out of women’s sports,” and proposed the creation of “a new credentialing body” to “certify teachers who embrace patriotic values, support our way of life, and understand that their job is not to indoctrinate children, but very simply to educate them.”
The final component of Trump’s proposal is a plan to “implement massive funding preferences and favorable treatment for all states and school districts” that prioritize four specific reforms: the abolition of tenure for K-12 teachers, a “drastic” cut to the “bloated number of school administrators” (particularly the so-called “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” bureaucracy), adoption of a “parental bill of rights” that promotes curriculum transparency and universal school choice, and finally, the implementation of “direct election” of school principals by parents. “If any principal is not getting the job done, the parents should be able to vote to fire them and select someone who will,” he said. “This will be the ultimate form of local control.”
Trump concluded: “As the saying goes, personnel is policy, and at the end of the day, if we have pink-haired communists teaching our kids, we have a major problem. When I am president, we will put parents back in charge and give them the final say. We will get back to teaching reading, writing, and math” and “we will give our kids the high quality, pro-American education they deserve.”
Trump’s plan is the first of its kind for a concerted conservative education policy at a time when a startlingly high number of American parents are losing faith in the public education system. Though other figures in conservative politics like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have received media attention for their work on education reform, Trump’s plan is undoubtedly the most bold, specific, and original proposal released by any Republican to date.
As the 2024 Republican primary cycle continues to ramp up, Trump’s would-be contenders will very likely find themselves—and their education policies—standing in the shadow of Trump’s innovative policy plan, which is all but certain to be a political trendsetter among GOP presidential hopefuls. But even more significantly, Trump’s plan provides a roadmap for the next Republican president—whether it’s Trump himself or someone else—to finally reform the corrupt education system, prevent classrooms from becoming left-wing indoctrination chambers, and form America’s youth into the next generation of educated and patriotic leaders.
Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.
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Federal and state constitution test to graduate high school.!!! Was taught so in Illinois 60 years ago and still remember. States rights not federal control!!! Go Trump!!!!
This all sounds good. But one problem, how would he Constitutionally do this?
The whole Federal Department of Education is actually not Constitutional. Nothing in the Constitution empowers the Federal government to control your child’s education. Even their own website states that because of the 10th Amendment the Federal DOE has limited powers because this is a States Rights issue. Best thing he could do to restore control back to the parents is eliminate the DOE.
I will support these actions, but would prefer that government get out of controlling education altogether, other than mandating specific, non-social goals for students of private sector schooling. Let local organizations control schooling.
If the Presidential Election was today..Id vote for Pres. Trump. Im 86 and the Education system has deteriorated terribly over the years..parents’ concerns have been “thrown out”..and Socialism has been trying to take over. This is not a new thing…In the 1950s Communism tried to recruit high school students. Wake up people!
I see the AARP members couldn’t resist showing their intelligence by their comments on this article.
Yet, none of them have a plan for our children to learn instead of being Indoctrinated and brainwashed.
No wonder members of the AARP are leaving in droves.
Very good, important comment you made David, those of us who believe in having Principles, Ethics , Standards, and in having Respect for the will of God, and respect for Faith, Family and Freedom , we have a sense of responsibility to defend what the United States of America should stand for, and that gives us great Courage, Strength and Wisdom to do what is right , to do what needs to be done .
“Illegal”? Please enlighten us little one.
Why exactly didn’t Trump do this when he was president?
So in Florida, you can celebrate Robert E Lees birthday and Conderate Memorial Day but no teach about our racist past?
“Teach about our racist past”? You really believe ppl don’t know about slavery? Have you EVER taken a history class? So, to you, Whitey is the Devil? You woke losers had your chance and you lost. Keep crying about it, it’s very entertaining.
It is about time we get back to the basics Reading, Writing. and Math. Also eliminating mandated courses beyond them to receive funding.
There is no basis in the Constitution for a federal control of education. The Department of Education should be abolished completely and the states and localities be given charge of the education of their students, led by parent/ teacher associations. Trump is right about top heavy administrations and there should be a strict limit on the percentage of a districts’ funds that can be used on school administrators. Right now, in many districts 30% or more of funds are used not to educate students, but to pad the pockets of administrators with free cars , expense accounts , travel and other unnecessary perks. Think how many fewer we’d need if they weren’t having to deal with the feds. American education has become a joke. So much money spent and so paltry the results.
To LauraC , I appreciate what you wrote in your comment about the education situation. As I see it thoughts about a new education system should revolve around Principles, Ethics, and Standards and the importance of parents having a significant say in what takes place in the schools. Maybe this issue will be the topic of an AMAC poll in the near future. I believe that would be great ! Having the individual States being in charge of education as you mentioned makes very good sense too.
This is a matter of great importance, since education is part of the foundation for so many other things vital to the overall structure of the country.
To Save America
To Finish the Job
Awwww, attempted “body shaming” like a good lil loser Wokie. Smh
Typical AARP RACIST. You woke losers just HATE all President Trump did for minorities just like a good lil Supremacist. Enjoy your hatred loser.
Imagine what the founders would think upon learning that the part of the First Amendment which prevented the Federal Government from mandating a state religion (e.g. The Church of England) was now being perverted, via a clever twisting of the 14th Amendment, to not only remove our moral moorings from the classroom, but to replace these with what is indeed a faux religion…wokeism. They’d be outraged! By all means scrutinize and starve off the purveyors of poison in the Universities. But for those whose children are are in the range K-12, the answer is vouchers. Let the parents decide.
You’ve got a point, but many were conflicted over slavery (see Jefferson’s first draft). And I’m not quite willing to throw out the noble with the ignoble. But again, as to education, let the parents decide.
There were free blacks in the north that voted. If you’re going to troll, you’ll have to do better than that.
Right, because they didn’t need them in the cotton and tobacco fields anymore. Oh wait, Britain didn’t have cotton and tobacco fields, did they? You do realize that their would have been no slaves if Africans didn’t capture and sell them, right? Smh, the woke mind is a pitiful thing.
So, slavery equals education to you? Smh. Imagine what they would have thought about flush toilets, Burger King, cars, toothpaste and on and on. Btw, “we” also allowed women to vote, right? Grow up Lol Wokie.
As opposed to #PoopyPantsBiden? Wow!!! #KidSnifferInChief
Like Trump or not, at least give him credit for addressing a REAL issue as opposed to the WH mob that is concerned with whether a 5 year old having a bad day should be allowed to cut off their penis.
I know that immigrants seeking American citizenship must pass a comprehensive test including many of our founding documents. Why don’t we teach this same course in our high schools, so native-born Americans will know as much as the immigrants?
School districts have no right to keep educational curricula secret. The parents need to know the things that are being taught in their public schools. Our country needs to support the nuclear family if we are to continue as a strong and just nation.
Obviously yours didn’t teach you.
Or if you weren’t working six months a year just to pay taxes to support the bloated bureaucracy class like the Dept. of Education you could afford to stay home and teach your own kids. If people aren’t smart enough to teach their own kids, maybe, just maybe we should look at the quality of education they got in public schools.
Exactly, Patriot Will!
GO TYRUMP. Kyle L.
One more helpful point would be to eliminate the unconstitutional (per Amendment X) Department of Education.
Weck. And give it back to the states.
May God bless and protect President Trump in his efferts to restore Democracy to our Socialist country.
Amen to that
Because they don’t have legs of clay?
once again, we are not a democracy. Democracy is mob rule which leads to socialism.