Alabama's two U.S. Senators have initiated School Choice Week to bolster awareness and support for continued freedom of school choice nationwide.
U.S. Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) joined a number of other U.S. Senators to introduce a resolution declaring this week as National School Choice Week.
The resolution, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and co-sponsored by 19 other members of the Senate, asserts that "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."
"This National School Choice Week, let's recommit to ensuring that every single child across Alabama and our nation has the opportunity to unlock the American Dream through a high-quality education," Britt said. "No child's zip code should determine their destiny. School choice empowers families with the freedom to make important decisions to help their children achieve their full potential and secure a bright future."
The resolution encourages all parents, during National School Choice Week, to learn more about the education options available to them and to raise public awareness of educational opportunities.
Tuberville ran on school choice and has introduced legislation in the past to combat the Department of Education's influence on the state's ability to open charter schools.
Tuberville has claimed that school choice, charter schools and improving existing public schools are all things that need to be a part of the education mix.
"Nothing rivals the opportunity and freedom that come with a quality education," Tuberville said. "The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for ensuring our students aren't subject to educational disadvantages because of their background or location. I'm committed to breaking down educational barriers so that the next generation of leaders are empowered to achieve the American Dream, which is why I'm proud to join this resolution recognizing National School Choice Week."
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