CV NEWS FEED // Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, proposed new legislation Thursday that would provide direct federal education funding to parents to educate their children however they choose.
The Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act would “provide parents and students with much-needed flexibility and options regarding K-12 education,” according to a press release from the office of Sen. Paul:
“I’ve led the effort to reopen our schools from the very beginning, and as we continue our push, it’s imperative that we empower parents to make the decision that’s best for their child’s education — without being restricted by the political games our governors and teachers’ unions have been playing with our children’s lives and well-being,” said Dr. Paul. “I have a bill to do exactly that – my SCHOOL Act would give parents and students a choice in education, and the tools to succeed no matter where they are learning.”
Reason Foundation Director of School Choice Corey DeAngelis praised the bill Thursday. Legislation like this is needed to address “a long-existing massive power imbalance between the public school monopoly and individual families,” said DeAngelis. He added:
Reallocating existing education funding from buildings to students is a great step toward empowering families. Education funding is meant for educating children, not for protecting a particular institution. We should fund students instead of systems.
On Twitter, DeAngelis broke down how the SCHOOL Act would benefit American families.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-TX, said he is “proud” to cosponsor the bill, “which allows federal funds for K-12 education to follow the eligible child, regardless of whether the child is in public school, private school, or homeschool.”