Congress is getting it wrong on parental school choice

Apr 7, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kevin P. Chavous, executive council for the American Federation for Children, explains how union politics and and misinformation is playing into the school choice debate in Congress.

Via Roll Call:

On March 21, several courageous United States senators — led by Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — tried to do something logical yet bold that would have helped 11 million children from low-income families actually benefit from Title I funding. Their amendment to S Con Res 8 would have created Title I portability and allow an average of $1,300 per student to follow that student to the school they attend, public or private. Speaking for the amendment, Alexander, a former governor and secretary of Education, noted that the $14.5 billion in Title I funds are supposed to go to the 11 million children from low-income families, “but it doesn’t get there.”


As usual, teachers’ unions, school boards and superintendents howled in protest and flooded Senate offices with erroneous information about the evils of parental choice and portability of Title I funds. Yet not a peep from them about the urgency of actually helping children in low-income families access a better education.

Read on at RollCall.com.

Chavous: Congress is getting it wrong on parental school choice – EAGnews.org :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary.

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