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King introduces Choices in Education Act of 2017

Steve King

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the Choices in Education Act of 2017. This bill would both promote and protect school choice by ensuring States the ability to carry out their education voucher program and by giving parents the ability to choose the best form of education for their children.

“As the spouse of a former Iowa teacher, I understand that it’s the right thing for our children to take education decisions out of the hands of the federal government, and back into the rightful hands of parents who know how best to meet the educational needs of own children,” said King. “The Choices in Education Act does so by repealing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and therefore, limiting the authority of the Secretary of Education. This bill will ensure that the Secretary is properly making payments to the States regarding voucher programs and that the States are complying with school choice requirements.

“In order to receive a grant or voucher under my legislation, the State must ensure that the funds be distributed appropriately on a per pupil basis. Additionally and most importantly, this bill makes it lawful for the parent to make the ultimate decision between public, private or home-school education for their children. This freedom of choice will result in parents being able to send their children to safer, better schools by taking Federal dollars from failing programs like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Common Core, reinsuring them direct control over important educational decisions. This is an opportunity to work for the well-being of our country by reclaiming our culture. This bill instills competition back into our K-12 schools. The result will be better, more effective schools, public or private.

“Finally, this legislation also includes my previously introduced bill – the No Hungry Kids Act which would repeal the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new standards that have left children across the nation hungry due to calorie rationing throughout the school day. The original goal of the school lunch program was – and is – to ensure students receive enough nutrition to be healthy, and to learn. The misguided nanny state, as advanced by Michelle Obama’s misnamed ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act’ as interpreted by former Secretary Vilsack, forces every child on a diet because some kids are overweight. This act replaces those standards, prohibits the USDA’s from rationing calories, and protects the right of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice. Schools must be serving our students as much nutritious food as they need, so that our students can grow, learn, and excel, in school and out of school – in the classroom and on the playing field.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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