Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman Todd Rokita doubled down on his support for school choice and working with the Administration to ensure every child has access to a quality education regardless of zip code. Later today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be in the Congressman’s home-state announcing the administration’s school choice plan.
“I firmly believe every child can learn and every child should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education regardless of zip code,” said Congressman Todd Rokita, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. “Ensuring children receive the education they deserve is a priority of mine not just because of my work on the Education Committee, but because I am the father of two beautiful children each with unique educational needs. Parents are the best advocate for their child’s needs—their voice must be heard and I am proud to bring the voice of Hoosier parents to Washington.”
Congressman Rokita is working on legislation with Senator Rubio to help alleviate the costs of private schools for families. Scholarship Granting Organizations will grant scholarships on a first come, first serve basis to students. Tax credits will still be granted, but it will either be a federal or a state credit, not both. This keeps the government from interfering in the curriculum of private schools. This is also good for public schools because competition will help, not hurt them.
“Indiana has been a leader in educational choice and I am proud my home-state is where Secretary DeVos has chosen to make this announcement,” continued Rokita. “I am optimistic about what we can achieve for our kids and future generations when we work together. I look forward to hearing more about the Administration’s plans and how we can expand school choice to all 50 states while making sure education stays in the hands of states, districts, and families.”