Trump vows to be ‘champion’ of families who make ‘courageous choice’ to homeschool
The former president and 2024 Republican frontrunner says he’ll award homeschooling families $10,000 per child if elected.
(LifeSiteNews) — Former Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, the far-and-away front-runner to secure the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, promised Thursday to “support the growing homeschool movement” and become a “champion” for families that educate their children at home if he regains the White House.
“To every homeschool family, I will be your champion,” Trump declared in a video statement posted to social media on Thursday.
“When I am re-elected I will do everything I can to support parents who make the courageous choice to homeschool,” he said.
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“As President it was my honor to support America’s homeschool families and to protect the God-given right of every parent to be the steward of their children’s education,” Trump said in the video, noting that rates of homeschooling have soared in the wake of the “China Virus” epidemic.
PBS reported in May that “homeschooling has been on the rise with an estimated 30% increase in enrollment since the beginning of the 2019 school year.”
“Under the Trump tax cuts, we allowed families to use 529 education savings accounts [ESAs] to spend up to $10,000 a year, tax-free, on tuition for grades K-12,” the former Republican president explained, calling the provision “a tremendous win for school choice.”
However, Trump said, “that benefit did not apply to homeschoolers” at the time.
“So, to support the growing homeschool movement, in my next term I will immediately fight to allow homeschool parents the same incredible benefit: $10,000 a year per child, completely tax-free, to spend on costs associated with homeschool education,” he said.