Tim Scott Introduces School Choice Bill
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced legislation that he says would give military families, families of students with disabilities, and low-income students access to greater educational opportunity. He says the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities Through Education Act (CHOICE Act) would give more than 6.2 million students nationwide access to greater educational opportunity. In the public school system, where you live decides where you go to school. School choice adds more options into the mix including charter, magnet, and vocational schools. Private school choice is the more controversial because opponents claim they take funding away from public schools. These choices include a voucher program, in which the state essentially pays for the tuition of a private school using a portion of the funds that would have been spent educating the student at a public school; a tax credit scholarship program; and an education savings account. Scott says the CHOICE Act would ensure children with disabilities get educational options best suited for them by enabling states that already run disability school choice programs to expand educational options for children with special needs with federal dollars. The measure also, among other things, creates a pilot program under the Department of Defense on at least 5 bases without DoD Education Activity schools to provide scholarships to students in military families on base of up to $8,000 for elementary and $12,000 for high school. “In every county, across every zip-code, in every state, access to quality education is the greatest gift we can pass down to the next generation. At the end of the day, it is free thought and a hunger for learning that can never be taken away from a child,” Scott said. More here.