School Choice Is Dividing Florida Democrats Along Racial Lines.
As he seeks reelection, President Donald Trump is making a direct appeal to black voters like Chikara Parks.
After her four kids experienced bullying and other problems at their south St. Petersburg school, Parks moved each one into private Christian academies.
She travels the state, and sometimes the country, telling reporters and other parents how public support of students attending private schools made it possible. Parks, 34, lives in the country’s largest battleground state, where Trump’s attempt to drive a wedge between Democrats and black voters coincides coincides with a fight over school choice that is tearing Democratic leaders apart, often along racial lines.
In Florida, where elections are won and lost on razor-thin margins, seemingly minuscule shifts in enthusiasm and turnout with demographics can be decisive.