New congressional caucus will work to ensure parents choose the best education settings for their children
WASHINGTON – Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) along with Representatives Jim DeMint (R-SC), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Mark Souder (R-IN) and John Shadegg (R-AZ) announced the formation of a new congressional caucus. The "Educational Freedom Caucus" will be dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent parents from choosing the best education settings for their children.
"Educational choice should be available to all parents and students throughout the United States," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). "Congressman Hoekstra and the other founding members have recognized that all parents want to make their own choices when it come to education."
According to Representative Hoekstra\’s press release, "The Education Freedom Caucus is a forum to develop a coalition of members, outside groups, business organizations and state organizations who are united behind the goal of advancing choice in education. It recognizes the many unique and diverse education circumstances families face across American, and acknowledges that parents should be free to select the best public, private, charter, home or other school option for their children."
"Today, over 2,000 charter schools are operating in 34 states and the District of Columbia, serving over 500,000 students. More than 50,000 low-income children are using privately funded scholarships to attend private and parochial schools. And another 12,000 students are using publicly funded vouchers," said Norquist. "The Educational Freedom Caucus will build on the current momentum to expand educational choices to all parents and students."
Considering the many unique and diverse education circumstances families face all across America, parents should be free to select the best public, private, charter, home or other school option for their children. ATR will assist the caucus in its efforts to remove the barriers that prevent parents from choosing the best education settings for their children