Most folks would agree that giving parents more choices is a good thing, especially when it comes to their children’s education.
However, in March, Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would give parents the freedom to save up for their children’s education.
HB 1605 established education savings accounts (ESAs) for Virginia families, allowing them to put away money to be used for any qualified educational expenses for their children. ESAs give parents choices for their children’s education. The status quo limits parents to simply sending their children to the school they are bound to geographically, as opposed to the school that best caters to their students’ specific needs.
This bill and others that expand school choice would have made the difference in the lives of so many students, but Gov. McAuliffe voted to shut that down.
Virginia finally had the chance to give parents control of their own child's education, but Gov. McAuliffe blew it.
Thankfully, Virginia parents will have another chance - but not without your help.
Sign the letter to encourage the General Assembly to bring this and other school choice legislation back next year!