WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement after joining Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and others to cosponsor a Senate resolution designating the week of January 24, 2016 as National School Choice Week:
“Classrooms are not one-size fits all. When my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, she needed a specialized curriculum to help her reach her full academic potential. Like my daughter, all children should have access to the best tools and resources they need to succeed. That’s why I’m joining Senator Scott in recognizing the week of January 24th, 2016 as National School Choice Week. Together, we must advocate for parents and students to have the power to make educational decisions that best fit their needs.”
Read the resolution below:
Designating the week of January 24 through January 30, 2016, as `National School Choice Week’.
Whereas providing a diversity of choices in K-12 education empowers parents to select education environments that meet the individual needs and strengths of their children;
Whereas the United States is home to high-quality K-12 education environments of all varieties, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and home schooling;
Whereas talented teachers and school leaders in all of these education environments are preparing children to achieve their dreams;
Whereas more families than ever before in the United States are actively choosing the best education for their children;
Whereas greater public awareness of the issue of parental choice in education can inform additional families about the benefits of proactively choosing challenging, motivating, and effective education environments for their children;
Whereas the process of parents choosing schools for their children is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and deserving of the utmost respect; and
Whereas hundreds of organizations, more than 9,000 schools, and millions of individuals in the United States will celebrate the benefits of educational choice during the sixth annual National School Choice Week, which will be held the week of January 24 through January 30, 2015: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates the week of January 24 through January 30, 2016, as `National School Choice Week’;
(2) congratulates the students, parents, teachers, and school leaders from K-12 education environments of all varieties for their persistence, achievements, dedication, and contributions to society in the United States;
(3) encourages all parents, during National School Choice Week, to learn more about the education options available to them; and
(4) encourages the people of the United States to hold appropriate programs, events, and activities during National School Choice Week to raise public awareness about the benefits of opportunity in education.