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Roe Statement on H.R. 2218, Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools ACT

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Washington, September 13, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee for Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on H.R. 2218, Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act:

“While many of our traditional public schools are outstanding, too many students fall through the cracks. Charter schools give parents with children trapped in failing schools an option to ensure their children receive a high-quality education.  With 420,000 students on charter school waiting lists, we can and should empower even more parents to improve their children’s future.

“This important legislation will help more students gain access to a quality education by facilitating the development of high-performing charter schools. First-rate education is critical for our children's future, and I believe H.R. 2218 helps us get closer to providing a better education for our children.

“H.R. 2218 will modernize and streamline the federal Charter School Program, and provide greater opportunities for states to support the development and expansion of successful charter schools. Additionally, the legislation will enhance how policymakers measure the impact of the Charter School Program, ensuring taxpayer dollars are used effectively.

“The best educational system is one in which parents, teachers, and local school boards collaborate to set the agenda - not bureaucrats in Washington. This legislation spurs excellence in education by encouraging both innovation in our classrooms and the establishment of high-quality charter schools.”


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Tags: Education