New SCHOOL Act Proposal Would Ensure Federal Funds “Follows The Child, Not The System”
(Tea Party 247) – The public education system in the US has totally succumbed to the control of progressive leftists. Schools in America have gone from institutions of instruction and education to dens of indoctrination and propaganda. Children are no longer being educated in reading, writing, and arithmetic but instead being brainwashed into adopting progressive ideology and lifestyles.
Unfortunately, too many American families are left with zero options for the education of their children as public funds only go to public schools run by leftist activists. Most families can’t afford private school and even free charter schools are not accessible because of limited enrollment thanks to lack of proper funding.
Now, there seems to be hope on the horizon for families all across the country. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and House Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) have introduced companion pieces of legislation known as the Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act that would allow for federal education funds to follow individual children finally giving parents a choice in who is educating their children.
Breitbart has more:
In early August, Paul — a member of the Senate committee that oversees education — and this week, Roy — in the U.S. House — launched the Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act.
“The proposal mandates that money follows the child, not the system, “whether learning in person or remotely, to the public school, private school, or home school they attend.” https://t.co/7nFVB0BLUL
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 18, 2020
The bills are S. 4432, “a bill to allow Federal funds appropriated for kindergarten through grade 12 education to follow the student,” and its companion bill, H.R. 8054.
As Deborah Simmons wrote at the Washington Times, the SCHOOL Act assures the money “follows the child, not the system.”
Both lawmakers say the difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic have made it imperative to allow federal education dollars to be returned to families to allow them to make the best choice of education venue for their children.
“The SCHOOL Act eases one of this pandemic’s most crushing burdens, returning more of families’ own money to them so they have greater flexibility to provide the best possible education for their kids and cover the costs that come with it,” Paul said in a statement. “I am proud to be joined across the Capitol in this effort by Representative Roy as momentum builds for this much-needed legislation.”
Earlier I introduced the SCHOOL Act to provide parents and students with much-needed flexibility and options regarding K-12 education. I'm proud to be joined in this effort by @RepChipRoy as momentum builds for this much-needed legislation. Learn more: https://t.co/lWrdkYL0lj pic.twitter.com/FbFmoigPsY
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 18, 2020
According to a press release from Paul’s office, the SCHOOL Act would make way for federal education dollars for eligible K-12 students to follow the child to the family’s choice of school, whether that be in-person instruction, remote learning, public school, private school, or home school.
The funds could be used for tuition, curriculum materials, technology, tutoring, special education needs, extracurricular activities, or classes outside the home.
Today, I am introducing H.R.8054, the Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act. The SCHOOL Act is a commonsense measure designed to protect students and ensure education continuity as we battle this virus. https://t.co/HdY4SjzHIS
— Rep. Chip Roy (@RepChipRoy) August 17, 2020
“As families face the reality of hybrid learning or a completely virtual school year, students, especially those with disabilities, need a choice in education and the tools to succeed no matter where they are learning,” the statement said.
The SCHOOL Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to allow particular funds authorized by these laws to follow the child, regardless of the choice of school or learning environment.
According to the press statement, the SCHOOL Act also ensures that each child receives the same amount of money, regardless of the choice of school, and that children who accept the federal education funds may still participate in federally funded school food programs.
The best part of the SCHOOL Act also is that it would protect non-public schools from federal and state control ensuring that leftist indoctrination would no longer be inescapable for families who are opposed to it.
Let’s see how the Democrats justify opposing this common sense bill.