Rep. Gosar Supports National School Choice Week
Washington, DC, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement in support of National School Choice Week:
Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement in support of National School Choice Week:
“A quality education is the foundation for success not only for our children but also for our nation’s future. In order for students to succeed, it is critical that our schools provide a specialized learning experience that is unique to the diverse communities that exist throughout the country. Federal law prohibits a national curriculum and education matters are best handled at the state and local level. Parents, teachers and local communities know our children’s needs best and should all play an essential role in making fundamental decisions for their children’s development.
“I am proud that Arizona has led the nation in incorporating this philosophy and enrolled students in more than 500 different charter schools throughout the state, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the total student population. Charters schools provide parents with more options for improving their children’s livelihoods and allow teachers to utilize more innovation in the classroom. Charter schools have a proven track record and are successfully preparing Arizona students for higher education as well as equipping them with the tools they will need to thrive in today’s workforce. Having said that, many challenges still exist as nationwide there are more than 1 million students on charter school waitlists. Millions of parents want to see these programs expanded and are demanding more opportunities for effective, stimulating educational experiences for their children.
“More must be done to promote and empower local communities to address their own educational needs. Washington needs to stop pushing a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to education, and allow parents and states the freedom to choose what is best for their students.”