We are happy to share with you some momentum regarding education choice and our current Legislative Session. On Thursday SB1243 andHB1605 both passed through the Senate Education and Health Committee and House Education Committee and are on their way to the respective financial committees. Please continue to voice your support for Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts! Richmond is listening!
We also encourage you to make your support known by signing the petition at Action Virginia! Simply click HERE to voice your support for PCESA! We are all more effective when we raise our voices together, so please forward this email and ask your friends and family to sign as well.
One of the biggest failures in recent federal education policy is The School Improvement Grant Program. It is described by the Washington Post: “One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results, according to a federal analysis.”
“We’re talking about millions of kids who are assigned to these failing schools, and we just spent several billion dollars promising them things were going to get better,” said Andy Smarick, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who has long been skeptical that the Obama administration’s strategy would work. “Think of what all that money could have been spent on instead.”
This is just one of the many examples of how simply funneling money into an already broken system is not a solution. For this reason, and the other reasons we have been sharing with you over the last few months, we oppose throwing money at unproven reforms in education and instead support Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts.
“Results from the School Improvement Grants have shored up previous research showing that pouring money into dysfunctional schools and systems does not work, Smarick said: “I can imagine Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump saying this is exactly why kids need school choice.”
Please be proactive in your support for PCESA. Sign our petition, usethis link to make your voice heard in Richmond, and continue to communicate with your elected officials. Our children deserve OURvery best effort to give them the educations they both need and deserve.
Thank you for your support and your commitment to the future of Virginia!