Congressman Biggs Reintroduces the Native American Education Opportunity Act
GILBERT, ARIZONA – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs re-introduced the Native American Education Opportunity Act, which establishes a five-year pilot program to allow Tribes to create an education savings account (ESA) for Tribal enrolled students who currently attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. The Native American Education Opportunity Program would be funded through Title II of the Every Students Succeeds Act, of which $8,000 would be deposited into a student’s ESA. ESA funds may be used for costs of attendance at private elementary or secondary schools, private online programs, private tutoring, transportation, and 529 plans, among other educational services. The bill also allows Tribes and BIE to approve and fund charter schools on Tribal land.
Congressman Biggs and supporters of this legislation released the following statements:
“The Native American Education Opportunity Act gives Native American families and their children the freedom to choose alternative educational services other than the ones currently provided by the Bureau of Indian Education. School choice is critical to the foundation of America’s children and it creates opportunities for students to grow in educational environments that best suit them. I unequivocally stand by making education available to all Americans and will continue working toward making this opportunity a reality.” – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
“The Native American Education Opportunity Act empowers Native American parents to guide the education of their children. The successful education of Navajo children will require the engaged commitment of parents and communities embedded in the culture and values of the Diné People. We appreciate Representative Biggs’ sponsorship of this important initiative.” – Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer
"Education choice for Native American children on tribal lands has been far too limited for far too long. Education savings accounts will provide opportunities for Native American families to customize their children's education and afford better educational alternatives. Chairman Biggs is again leading the fight for educational reform in Washington -- not only for Arizonans, but for all Americans." – Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America
Congressman Andy Biggs is a third-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.