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Allen West Speaks as part of the NCPA's Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series

September 19, 2014

Allen West, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Republican House of Representatives member, spoke to an audience of more than 240 people at the Renaissance Hotel Dallas on Wednesday, September 17th, as part of the National Center for Policy Analysis' Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series.

Allen West had many things to share with the Dallas audience, the most influential of which is his stance on charter schools and voucher programs. He had this to say:

"It should be up to the individual that their child gets a good quality education.  Think back to April 2009. The first black president of the United States of America cancels the school voucher program in Washington D.C....says to deserving young minority children, 'you don't deserve that equality of opportunity, we're going to give you an equality of outcome. But yet, as far as my two daughters they're going to be going to the exclusive Sidwell Friends.'"

He continued:

"Think about the devout socialist mayor of New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who stands up and says, 'We are going to start closing charter schools,' when the highest performing charter school in New York City is located in Harlem -- Success Academy. And who was it that went to Governor Cuomo asking "Do not close our charter schools?" Single black mothers."

West's first book, Guardian of the Republic, looks at West's life and examines current events through West's core values: family, faith, service, fiscal responsibility and freedom.


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