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January 25, 2019 –Advancing School Choice
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Why School Choice Matters?

This week, we celebrate National School Choice Week. 

School choice allows parents to choose the best educational outcomes for their children, gives every child a better chance to succeed, and prepares students for their future.

School choice has greatly benefited Arizona – from charter schools, to vocational schools, to private school scholarships, to education savings accounts.  I am grateful that our state is a national leader in diverse school choice programs. 

Nearly 30 years ago, my wife and I studied the options available to us as parents for educating our children in Arizona.  I took a required general certification test that allowed us to home educate our oldest children.  As our family and children grew, so did educational choice in Arizona.  Each of our children received a quality education that was unique to each child and allowed them to flourish and to prepare them for life.

In Arizona, there are more than 550 charter schools in the state with 185,900 students enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year.  We have significantly expanded the education savings account model so students can receive the education that best meets their unique needs, including tribal families living in reservation communities.

Arizona recognizes that all children are unique.  They learn differently, and each child should have the opportunity to attend the school that will help them learn to love learning. 

All education priorities should begin at home and I hope other states will look at Arizona’s example as they expand school choice.  

 

What am I doing about it?

I introduced H.R. 69 – the Ending Common Core and Expanding School Choice Act.  This bill would allow federal education funds to follow low-income children to the public school, charter school, or accredited private school of their choice.

I also cosponsored the Congressional School Choice Caucus resolution to designate the week of January 20 through January 26, 2019, as “National School Choice Week.”

 

What are they saying?

“One of the most valuable gifts we can leave to our children and next generation is the love of learning and education. A child’s zip code shouldn’t have any effect on his access to quality education whether it be public, private, charter, vocational, or homeschool. Fundamental pillars like independent thought and literacy can never be stolen from them. That is why it is essential that we open every avenue of opportunity for children across America to learn and succeed.” –  Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

“I was pleased to introduce a resolution in commemoration of National School Choice Week, which celebrates all varieties of school choice for students – from public schools to public charter schools, private schools, online learning, public magnet schools, homeschooling, and more. It offers an opportunity for students, parents, and educators from around the country to come together to share the many successes of education options. Parents know what works best for their children, and we must continue working together to ensure that each student receives a quality education that will enable them to live a successful life.” – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10)