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Sen. Cruz Bill Creating School Choice Program in D.C. Introduced in the House

Companion bill introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows

February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced that the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), which creates a unique educational choice program in Washington, D.C. that would expand opportunities for every public school student in the nation’s capital, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) filed the companion legislation (H.R. 4426). 

“School choice is the civil rights issue of our era. Each and every child has the right to access a quality education,” Sen. Cruz said. “Not only does school choice give low-income children the same choices and opportunities that children from wealthy families have always had, it also improves public schools, making them stronger and more effective. This legislation ensures that all children in Washington, D.C., regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code, have the same opportunity to choose the schools that best fit their needs and will help them achieve their very best. I am honored to work with Rep. Meadows on this issue.”

“Parents – not the government – know what's best for their children,” Rep. Meadows said. “I’m proud to join Sen. Ted Cruz, a long time defender of school choice, in support of this important legislation that empowers parents to choose the best education to meet the individual needs of their children. Education shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Education Savings Accounts make it possible for parents to create customizable education plans that are tailored to the needs of their child. This is the sort of commonsense policy that deserves widespread bipartisan support.”

Read the full text of the Senate version of the bill here.

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