APEX – President Donald Trump was in the Old North State on Monday; Vice President Mike Pence is visiting North Carolina on Tuesday. It’s the kind of one-two punch we should get use to as the summer drags on into prime time campaign season. It’s also an opportunity for the president and vice president to touch on key issues that are often represented in a diverse swing state like ours.
Pence will visit Thales Academy, a private school in Apex, Wake County, on Tuesday, in a nod to school choice. He will hold a round table discussion with staff and education leaders after visiting a classroom. Thales Academy was founded as a classically oriented education option for students and parents, and they are holding in-person classes while the public school system is paralyzed by Pandemic Panic.
The private school, which has several campuses across the state and continues to expand, was founded by a conservative businessman and longtime political donor. It’s the kind of effort that, as opposed to the political rabblerousing of the NCAE and public school unions, has their focus on the actual education of children.
When Wake County schools announced their hybrid virtual/in-person plan for (kinda) reopening schools, institutions like Thales, already popular for the quality education they provide, were inundated with applications. With such growing demand, the expansion of such education choices maybe a silver lining of the Pandemic Panic.
Meanwhile, the NCAE is suing so poor kids cannot get scholarships to attend such private schools.
Vice President Pence has long been an advocate of school choice, most notably as governor of Indiana. At a time when the reopening of public schools has become a great controversy, a debate in which the public-school-only champions hold most of the cards, highlighting the successes of school choice has rarely been more important.
True to form, the Leftist media will hyper-focus and hyperventilate about whether or masks are worn and/or did he stay six feet from others.