On March 10, 2021, Kentucky Senator Paul introduced the Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act to give parents and students with more flexible options in the K-12 education sector.
Texas Congressman Chip Roy put forward similar legislation in the U.S. House. “I’ve led the effort to reopen our schools from the very beginning, and as we continue our push, it’s imperative that we empower parents to make the decision that’s best for their child’s education — without being restricted by the political games our governors and teachers’ unions have been playing with our children’s lives and well-being,” declared Paul. “I have a bill to do exactly that – my SCHOOL Act would give parents and students a choice in education, and the tools to succeed no matter where they are learning.”
“Nearly one year after Americans were told we should take “two weeks to slow the spread,” too many children are still barred from attending school in person, while billions of dollars have been allocated to the very local authorities keeping schools closed. No more funding should be allocated to these local tyrants at the expense of our children’s futures. Parents should be in control of their child’s education, period, not politicians or union bosses. I’m proud to reintroduce The SCHOOL Act with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) which allows federal funds for K-12 education to follow the eligible child, regardless of whether the child is in public school, private school, or homeschool,” continued Roy.
Under this bill, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would be amended to “allow certain funds authorized under those laws to follow a child, whether learning in person or remotely, to the public school, private school, or homeschool of the child’s choice.”
Breaking the back of the public school monopoly is one of the most important tasks for the American Right. It simply boggles the mind how many conservatives and casual Republicans continue to have trust in institutions that poison the minds of millions of children.
If Republicans are serious about education reform, they would get firmly behind Senator Rand Paul’s bill.