Student Voice Responds to the 2020 State of the Union Address

Student Voice responds to the 2020 State of the Union Address' attacks on public schools and calls on its community to equip students to close opportunity gaps within the educational system.

We’re disappointed—but not surprised—by President Trump’s comments about public schools in the 2020 State of the Union Address. By characterizing public schools as “failing government schools” and praising “school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships”, the President is abandoning the millions of students across the country who won’t receive the “benefits" of the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act.

At Student Voice, we believe in the power of equitable and accessible public education to create opportunity and shape a brighter future for our world. Across the country, students have continually testified to the enormous, positive impact public schools have had on their lives. In Charleston, S.C., a student said "I'm undoubtedly the product of public education gone right" in discussing her own educational journey. In Murray, Ky., a student explained that the “community dynamic” of her small public school allowed her to thrive in her learning experience.

We know that for our society to succeed, we must be equipping students to address the opportunity gaps in “government schools” now. That’s why this year, we’re working harder than ever to train and to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity.

Will you join our work in uplifting student voices around the bright spots of public education as well as supporting students who are addressing the critical gaps? In 2020, we are calling on our community to become monthly sustainers.

Whether your contribution is $5 or $100 monthly, your donation is essential to shaping the movement. You can show your support for public schools with our new “support students” tote bag that we’ll send to each new monthly sustainer.

About Student Voice

Student Voice is the nation’s largest by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspired by the premise that education should work for all students. We believe that every student deserves quality civic education—and a direct platform to impact decisions that affect their lives. Through action-based civics programs, Student Voice leads and strengthens the movement of young people taking action on issues that most impact their education. For more information about Student Voice and joining the student voice movement, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.