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, January 8, 2014
Cantor speaks in support of educational choice
By Matt Frendewey
Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke at the Brookings
Institute to advocate for the expansion of school choice programs across the
country and give parents the power to provide their children with excellent
“School choice protects families and children, not bureaucracies. It’s
about making sure every student … (has) high aspirations and big dreams beyond
the challenges in their lives (and) can have the best possible teachers in the
best possible school environment,” Cantor said. “Surely, that is a goal we can
all agree on.”
Cantor emphasized the necessity for bipartisan collaboration in regards
to education reform. He also discussed how there is no one size fits all
approach to educational reform, just like there is no one size fits all
approach to what sort of education a child requires to succeed. He said, “Although change can be scary, it
makes such a difference for families and their kids.”
“He is in a great school surrounded by caring teachers, who go above
and beyond and are truly committed to his progress. Brian is thriving there. He
told me he has big plans for the future” Cantor said. “At 11 years old, (Brian)
is aiming high, and now has his heart set on going to college.”
We applaud Majority Leader Cantor for his commitment to educational
choice, our nation’s children and overall our nation’s future.
We also want to take this opportunity to praise leaders who have been
champions of educational choice. Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Dan Lipinski, Sen.
Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Susan Collins’ support of the Washington D.C.
Opportunity Scholarship Program has helped with the program’s continued
success. Additionally, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rep. Todd Rokita,
Rep. John Kline, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Rand Paul have
worked tirelessly to advance school choice programs at the federal level. The
entire seminar and Leader Cantor’s speech can be viewed here.