Paying Wealthy Parents to Send Their Children to Private School
A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives.
It will hurt public schools because a state can decide if any money should be given to public schools, charters or religious schools. It will also allow a “portion of the funds” to be given to parents who home school their children or sent them to private schools. Home school parents spend little money and the amount of money given to parents for private school would not be enough to pay all or most of the tuition. This, in reality would subsidize wealthy families sending their children to private schools.
See “ The No Hungry Kids Act” (last paragraph)This should read the Unhealthy Hungry Kids Act. It would remove “healthy food” from schools.
Introduced in House (01/23/2017)
Choices in Education Act of 2017
This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.
The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.
To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.
No Hungry Kids Act
The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)