House GOP presses for school choice program, charter growth

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — House Republicans called Tuesday for sweeping reforms of Virginia’s education system, including more power for parents to choose where their kids learn under proposals facing intense pushback from the state’s biggest teachers union.

Republicans, who control the House and Senate, want to allow parents to take 90 percent of their child’s share of state school funding and put it toward other educational expenses, like private school tuition. They’re also pressing for a constitutional amendment that could significantly spur charter school growth in the state, among other things.

Republican Del. David LaRock said his measure to create “education savings accounts” would dramatically improve education in the state by allowing parents to choose the “educational opportunities best suited for their children.”  Read More



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