Friday, February 5, 2016
Media Source: 
Washington Post (DC)
Perry Stein

Legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress would force Washington, D.C. to use local taxpayer money to fund a school voucher program that many city officials have long said they oppose.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a leading Republican presidential contender, introduced the Educational Freedoms Account Act, which would require D.C. public schools to give away taxpayer dollars to families that want to send their children to private schools. The bill would make D.C. give those families an amount close to what the school system would allocate for each student attending a public school, which was about $9,500 per student last year.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced a companion bill in the House this week.

“School choice is the civil rights issue of our era. Each and every child has the right to access a quality education,” Cruz said in a news release. “Not only does school choice give low-income children the same choices and opportunities that children from wealthy families have always had, it also improves public schools, making them stronger and more effective.”