Washington, D.C. — House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statements in recognition of National School Choice Week:
A good education is the great equalizer in America, and parents deserve the chance to pick the schools that will best meet their kids’ needs and aspirations. Instead of sticking with the top-down system that has let too many students slip through the cracks, Washington should embrace a future of empowerment and opportunity. School choice works, it’s the right thing to do, and it will continue to be a priority in the people’s House.
Majority Leader McCarthy:
School choice is about giving kids the opportunity to get ahead by letting families choose the best school for their children. Last Congress, the House passed the Student Success Act to support school choice, innovation, and excellence in education. And last year, the House passed the Success and Opportunity for Charter Schools Act so that successful innovative public charter schools can continue to be replicated and grow. It’s all a part of the House’s continued agenda to expand freedom, opportunity, and accountability for the American people.
Countless students have escaped failing schools and received a quality education because parents were empowered to do what’s best for their child’s education. It is time to extend to more families the promise of school choice. The House will soon begin taking steps to reform the nation’s K-12 education system, and providing parents access to more educational opportunities will be a leading priority. Let’s celebrate school choice, and let us continue the work of improving education for America’s children.