At a September 20, 2000, Booker delivered a speech at a Manhattan Institute luncheon. In the edited remarks from that event, Booker addresses school vouchers:
“We need to return to redefining education as a whole. The implementation of vouchers is not a panacea. If it is used as a guise for disinvesting in education as a whole, then I will never be in favor of it. But I will support it if it is part of a larger system of education for our children. I define public education not as a publicly guaranteed space and a publicly run, publicly funded building where our children are sent based on their ZIP code.”
He has since made various statements backing up his beliefs, speaking twice at the Alliance for School Choice (now known as American Federation for Children Growth Fund).