Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 25, 2014

Why School Choice matters

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Just this month, I introduced the Scholarships for Kids Act, H.R. 4000. In the words of Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, who formerly served as Secretary of Education under the first President Bush, “[t]his is the most ambitious proposal ever to use federal dollars to enable states to expand school choice and is a real answer to inequality in America, giving more children more opportunity to attend a better school.”

The Scholarships for Kids Act empowers parents by freeing-up $24 billion in Federal education funds to directly follow the child and be spent by their families. It is estimated that more than 11 million students would be eligible. That’s an average of $2,100 per student that parents could use to supplement their public school or charter school budget, pay for private school tuition and fees, attend a school outside of their district or purchase tutoring services or homeschooling materials. For states like Indiana that already have a school voucher program, this extra money could be used to increase scholarship amounts and expand educational opportunities.

I have also cosponsored the Educational Opportunities Act to give individual and corporate taxpayers a tax credit for charitable contributions to organizations that provide scholarships for elementary and secondary school students from low income households.

In modern America, no child can succeed without a quality education. Let’s stop excusing the inexcusable. Together, we can make sure this opportunity is a reality for every child.

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