School Choice Now! is the official blog of the American Federation for Children, the nation's voice for educational choice. We seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
They Said it: School Choice and the State of the Union Address
A lot of chatter surrounding last night’s State of the
Union Address has been focused on coming up with ways to solve our nation’s
education issues.While President Obama
discussed the importance of providing low-income families with access to
quality pre-k programs, many conversations have arose on the need to expand
access to quality k-12 programs for America’s poorest students.
“For those striving to climb the
ladder of success we must fix our schools. America’s educational system is
leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages… A great education needs to
be available for everyone, whether you live on country club lane or in
“This will only happen when we
allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor, white, brown, or black. Let the
taxes you pay for education follow each and every student to the school of your
choice. Competition has made America the richest nation in history. Competition
can make our educational system the envy of the world.”
“We need to give all parents, especially the parents of
children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the
school of their choice.”
Senator Rubio followed up his response by introducing
legislation today aimed at expanding
access to a federally funded scholarship program for low-income
students.If passed, the Educational Opportunities Act
would provide families with household incomes equaling 250 percent of poverty
($57,625 for a family of four) with the opportunity to take advantage of scholarships
to attend the private school of their choice.
Learn more about the Educational Opportunities Act here
Read American Federation for Children’s response to
Senator Rubio’s bill here.
-American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, KMS