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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth: ‘I support school choice 100%’

If there was any doubt, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth made it clear that he supports school choice in Alabama.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program.” Ainsworth insisted the tenets of school choice were “the right thing to do.”

“I support school choice 100%,” he said. “I think it is something we need to have in Alabama. We’ve got kids trapped in failing schools in a lot of inner-cities, and they don’t have any options. And so, this is something we need to do to give kids hope. The idea of funding students over systems makes a lot of sense. The idea of letting parents decide what’s best for their child is the right thing to do.”

Ainsworth’s declaration came as the Alabama Legislature is considering a bill brought by Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) in the Alabama Senate and Rep. Charlotte Meadows (R-Montgomery) in the Alabama House.

“You know, the purpose of education is to get people ready for a job,” Ainsworth continued. “We’ve got to get back to that and make sure every child, no matter their zip code, has an opportunity. You know, I want to commend Senator [Del] Marsh for working hard and trying to solve a problem. And certainly, I’m going to do my part to try to get some school choice legislation passed in Alabama.”

Ainsworth defended accepting contributions from Alabama Education Associations, a teachers’ union, and said while he was an advocate for school choice, he still saw the merit in having strong public schools in Alabama.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

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