Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI), the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Education Innovation and Opportunity, announced their House Resolution celebrating this week as National School Choice Week.
“A high-quality education is an indispensable tool, and America’s children deserve an education that empowers them to reach their greatest potential,” said Foxx. “By providing families with the freedom to choose the best educational options that meet their child’s unique needs, these young men and women will be equipped with the tools they need to achieve their dreams. School choice is paramount. Period. Children are facing serious setbacks due to a lack of in-person instruction, and it’s imperative that they do not fall further behind. It’s past time for parents to have the option to safely send their children back to the classroom, rather than being forced to accept a one-size-fits-all government mandate. I’m honored to join my friend and colleague, Rep. Moolenaar, in recognizing this week as National School Choice Week and advocating for effective educational options for every child.”
“Students have never been more eager to return to the classroom than they are right now and school choice is vital to helping them pursue the opportunities that are best for them,” said Moolenaar. “This pandemic has shown how parents, students, and educators are willing to innovate and create new opportunities for learning, and we should support them as they make decisions that are best for them and their future. Their resiliency has been inspiring and I am proud to join them and Congresswoman Foxx this week in supporting educational choice for America’s students.”
H. RES. 52
Expressing support for the designation of the week of January 24 through January 30, 2021, as “National School Choice Week."
Expressing support for the designation of the week of January 24 through January 30, 2021, as “National School Choice Week”.
Whereas providing a diversity of choices in K–12 education empowers parents to select education environments that meet the individual needs and strengths of their children;
Whereas high-quality K–12 education environments of all varieties are available in the United States, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and home schooling;
Whereas talented teachers and school leaders in each of the education environments prepare children to achieve their dreams;
Whereas more families than ever before in the United States actively choose the best education for their children;
Whereas more public awareness of the issue of parental choice in education can inform additional families of the benefits of proactively choosing challenging, motivating, and effective education environments for their children;
Whereas the process by which parents choose schools for their children is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and deserves the utmost respect; and
Whereas tens of thousands of events are planned to celebrate the benefits of educational choice during the tenth annual National School Choice Week, held the week of January 24 through January 30, 2021: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) supports the designation of “National School Choice Week”;
(2) congratulates students, parents, teachers, and school leaders from K–12 education environments of all varieties for their persistence, achievements, dedication, and contributions to society in the United States;
(3) encourages all parents, during National School Choice Week, to learn more about the education options available to them; and
(4) encourages the people of the United States to hold appropriate programs, events, and activities during National School Choice Week to raise public awareness of the benefits of opportunity in education.