Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 25, 2014

Why School Choice matters

Lots of families in America have the opportunity to send their child to a great school. This is particularly true in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District where we are blessed with a strong network of public and private school options - schools where our children are safe and have a meaningful opportunity to learn.

But, the simple truth is too many kids in America have their destiny determined by zip codes. That’s because too many families live in neighborhoods with bad schools, and they can’t afford to do anything about it. If you can’t afford to move and you can’t afford to send your child to a different school, what real options do you have if your local school is not working?

This is why school choice matters. It gives parents the freedom to choose the best educational environment for their child to succeed regardless of income, geographic boundaries or lot in life. Simply put, it gives every child an opportunity to get a good education.

In recent years, Indiana has become a national school choice leader. Today, almost 20,000 Hoosier students participate in Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program. That’s more than a 400% increase in participation since the program started just three years ago.

As a former President of School Choice Indiana, I am proud of the work we are doing in Indiana to make sure every Hoosier child has the chance to learn. And, I am committed to championing school choice here in Washington, D.C., too. That is why we formed the Congressional School Choice Caucus in January, which is dedicated to ensuring every child in America has the opportunity to go to a great school. Members of the caucus will work to expand educational freedom and promote policies that increase high-quality educational options for all children.

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