Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) introduced a bill Thursday that provided families with direct education funds instead of institutions, which would allow students to attend the school of their choice. The CHOICE Act would allow low-income families to use federal education funds that best suits their child’s needs, according to a press release.
Under the CHOICE Act, low-income families with children in grades K-12 would be able to apply for federal education funds that allows them to decide which public school their child would attend.
The bill also offers the option to put the funds into an education savings account, known as a 529 account. It would expand the qualified expenses for 529 accounts allowing families to use the funds towards private school tuition, virtual learning, tutoring, homeschooling curriculums, therapy services, and more, the press releasestated.
"For far too long, our K-12 funds have gone towards a bureaucratic system that excludes parents and leaves low-income students behind," said Sen. Lee. "This bill will ensure that our K-12 funds go directly to families and students, so that they are empowered to choose options that best meet their unique needs.
"I spent the past 40 years traveling to high schools around the country and talking to students about their next steps after graduation," said Sen. Tuberville. "A four year college is not for everyone, but an opportunity is. The CHOICE Act provides students with an opportunity, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution, by giving parents a choice in what educational opportunities and programs will best prepare their student for a life and career after K-12 schooling. By letting parents and students decide what is best for them, our education system is working the way it should be – equipping students with skills to succeed."
Organizations such as the American Federation for Children and Heritage Action for America are supporting the bill.