Washington, D.C. – Rep. Todd Rokita, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education re-introduced the Creating Hope and Opportunities for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act today to coincide with National School Choice Week. Rep. Rokita issued this statement following the re-introduction:
“I strongly believe that when parents have a choice, kids have a chance. Students’ circumstances or zip codes should not trap them in underperforming schools that don’t meet their needs. The CHOICE Act takes important strides to expand options and flexibility for many non-traditional students across our country, empowering parents instead of federal bureaucrats.”
The CHOICE Act will expand educational opportunities for students from military families, low-income families, and the disabled receiving educational services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is the second consecutive Congress in which Rep. Rokita has introduced the CHOICE Act, having also introduced in January, 2015.
Earlier today, Rep. Rokita spoke at the National School Choice Rally in the Capitol building. The rally featured hundreds of students, parents, advocates, and Members of Congress celebrating National School Choice Week. Rep. Rokita’s remarks focused on the need to continue pursuing reforms that protect the nation’s most valuable asset: its children.