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Without education, citizens of a free society are left without the ability to build a better life, the skills to support their families and communities, and the means to fully participate in the political process.

Yet an overwhelming number of students are stuck in failing schools, hindered by a lack of choice in education.

Families should have a choice and options, because when parents are provided options, they can send their kids to the best possible school rather than being forced to send their children to the school dictated by district lines.

That is why this week, the House will vote on the bipartisan Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act to support choice, innovation, and excellence in education through the start-up, expansion, and replication of successful charter schools. This bill is a small but important step toward freeing education to give children the opportunity they deserve to succeed.

But more must be done. There are an estimated 920,000 students sitting on waiting lists for charter schools. That means there are 920,000 students attempting to enter a school they and their families think will better fit their needs, but they can’t because there is not enough supply to fulfill their demand.

Who are we to tell these parents and children “no”? Republicans believe improvement in education can always be accommodated, and by increasing school choice we provide the opportunity for every child to be taught in a successful school. It’s time we give our children that chance.