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WASHINGTON – After introducing the Educational Choice for Children Act in June, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) today announced the addition of Heritage Action for America and the State Conference of Catholic Bishops United with endorsements list of legislation which includes the Invest in Education Foundation, Association of Christian Schools International, the Defense Freedom Institute, the American Federation for Children and Agudath Israel of America.
Cassidy was joined by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT) and Todd Young (R-IN) to introduce the bill. U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.
Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America: “For too long, American students have had their educational options limited by their ZIP code. Today, after witnessing endless school closures and failure after failure by the educational institution , parents demand freedom of education throughout the country. It is heartening to see lawmakers responding and introducing bold proposals such as the Children’s Educational Choice Act, that would create a tax credit program for those who donate to programs that fund K-12 scholarships for needy students. More policymakers at the state and national level should work on innovative proposals like this to put parents back in the driver’s seat of their children’s education. Freedom of education takes power away from the woke federal bureaucrats and returns it to parents, where it belongs. When conservatives regain control of Congress, they must continue to make proposals to support freedom of education, parents and children.
Bishop of Spokane Thomas Daly, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education“The Children’s Educational Choice Act does not create a new federal education curriculum, nor does it require states to create a new curriculum. On the contrary, the law offers students the possibility of obtaining scholarships exclusively through individual or corporate philanthropy. The law does not infringe upon the rights of states, nor the rights of religious and private institutions, and the government is not permitted to interfere in the religious identity or mission of a private school. These protections ensure that private and religious institutions can participate, including nearly six thousand US Catholic schools. I am very grateful for your work on this legislation and your efforts to ensure that the program is open to all students from all sectors. The Prospect of Expanded Educational Choice for Families Will Benefit American Education and Better Serve Our Children.”
Cassidy and Scott wrote a joint op-ed about the importance of their legislation to parents and students in The Washington Times.
The Children’s Educational Choice Act:
- Provides $10 billion in annual tax credits to be made available to taxpayers. The allocation of these credits to individuals would be administered by the Treasury Department.
- A base amount will be set for each state, and then credits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Uses a limited government approach to federalism, avoiding mandates on states, localities, and school districts.
- Includes provisions that govern scholarship granting agencies (GSOs) as SGOs have the ability to determine individual scholarship amounts.