National School Choice Weekby Representative Dan Benishek
Posted on 2015-01-28
BENISHEK asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. BENISHEK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of National School
Choice Week. I have traveled all across northern Michigan, and I have
been blessed to visit all kinds of schools in my district. I have met
with hardworking kids, parents, and teachers who are trying to achieve
a better future.
Our education system should not be a one-size-fits-all model. School choice programs provide a way for parents to help their children succeed. Choice promotes competition in our educational system, which will improve the educational outcome for all students.
While many students are able to prosper by attending their local public school, many others are bogged down by outdated rules that prevent parents from choosing the best educational fit for their children. In order to succeed, parents need options and flexibility, not more regulations.
Michigan has enacted the popular Schools of Choice program, which allows parents to send their children to any school in a participating district. These are the types of programs that empower parents and students instead of teachers' unions and bureaucrats.
School choice will help to ensure that every child has a chance to flourish, and that is why I am a proud supporter of National School Choice Week.