Rubio: “By affording students and their families greater educational choices, including high-quality private education, the Educational Opportunities Act will be a strong step toward improving elementary and secondary education options in our country.”Act Helps Give Families Access To High-Quality Schools
By Senator Marco Rubio
Tampa Bay Times
February 14, 2013
Growing up in Miami and Las Vegas, I was fortunate to attend multiple public schools where I received a quality education that would serve as a solid foundation for my career in law and public service.
The safe, quality educational environments I was exposed to in my youth ensured that my academic and social needs were being adequately addressed, and provided comfort to my family that I was safe and cared for during the school day, while I learned important lessons.
We did not have to worry about an unsafe student population or disruptive learning environments, and I was blessed to not require additional resources to keep up with kids in my grade although I confess not always being the most motivated student.
Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in our country are not as fortunate as I was. These children are being failed by our nation’s broken public school system, and they and their parents deserve the freedom and flexibility of school choice. There is perhaps no greater symbol of failure in our education system and our society than the worried faces of parents sending their kids off to a failing school because they don’t have the liberty to choose a better, safer school.
While some students may be lucky enough to attend high-quality public charter schools in their areas, a private school education has become unattainable for the majority of low-income and middle-class families. It’s too difficult for parents in today’s economic environment to incur the financial burden of paying tuition at a private school, forcing parents to bypass better and safer education options.
Read the full op-ed here.