Coats Supports Bills to Increase Local Education Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today announced his support for two pieces of legislation that would convert existing federal education funding into scholarships to help parents of low-income households afford the school of their choice and assist children with disabilities.

“Simultaneously making education more affordable and more available, without adding a dime to the deficit, is common sense,” said Coats. “This will put parents in greater control of their child’s educational path.”

Coats signed on to the Scholarship for Kids Act, introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), which would create $24 billion worth of scholarships for 11 million low-income children to use toward any public or private school of their parents’ choice. Coats also cosponsored the CHOICE Act, introduced by Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), which would create $11 billion in scholarships for six million American children with disabilities, as well as children of military families. The funding for both bills is redirected from existing federal spending and would not contribute to the deficit. The scholarships would be awarded at the state level.

According to an Indiana Department of Education report released Monday, 19,809 Hoosiers received school vouchers during the 2013-2014 academic year, an increase from 9,139 recipients the academic year before.

POSTED: 01/30/14 at 7:27 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools