By Mark Weyermuller -
School Choice was the topic as U.S. Senator Rand Paul spoke at the all-girl St. Josephinum Academy in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood Tuesday.
Senator Paul, who was introduced by host Illinois Policy Institute's Ted Dabrowski, said education money should follow the student to whatever school the parents and students choose to attend - including public, private, charter and virtual schools.
Paul called for school choice and for the federal government to step back from making demands on teachers and local schools.
In his comments, Paul made no mention of hot button issues such as Common Core curriculum, collective bargaining, teacher unions or right-to-work. Education reformers consider those issues serious roadblocks to meaningful education reform.
With St. Josephinum students and parents, about 300 attended the round table discussion. Each panel member that was a school parent expressed how school choice has been a great solution to their children's educational needs In Chicago.
State Senator Jim Oberweis, State Representatives Jeanne Ives and Tom Morrison attended the meeting. After the discussion, Senator Paul visited the University of Chicago to speak with students at David Axelrod's Institute of Politics.