In an era where parental school choice has become relevant and one of the most controversial issues. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) have come together to introduce the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to the Senate floor.
This bill is designed to combat the recent prerequisites for charter schools seeking funding brought forward by President Joe Biden (D) and his administration.
“Earlier this year, the Department of Education announced new rules overhauling the 28-year-old, bipartisan Charter School Program (CSP). The changes would place federal, one-size-fits-all requirements on charter schools, making it difficult — if not impossible — for many of these high-quality public schools to receive funding,” said the Rick Scott press release. “Despite substantial bipartisan backlash, the administration is moving ahead with its plans, which will strip families of education choice and give more power to big labor unions and bureaucrats in D.C.”
Since the school choice issue became prevalent, and most notably during the Trump administration with Besty DeVos as the Secretary of Education, Republicans have been on the side of giving parents more freedom when sending their children to whatever school. This includes but is not limited to parents changing their child’s enrollment to a different public school, or a charter school.
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina stated, “Time and time again, this administration has bowed to big-labor unions and liberal extremists at the expense of children’s futures. Now they are outdoing themselves with rules that will undermine charter schools — tuition-free, top-notch public education options that serve primarily disadvantaged students,” said the senator. “Support for these schools has never been a partisan issue. It’s time the administration put politics aside and joined parents in the fight for quality education.”
Co-signers of the resolution include: Senators Richard Burr, (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy, (R-La.), Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), Mike Braun, (R-Ind.), Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), Thom Tillis, (R-N.C.), Kevin Cramer, (R-N.D.), James Lankford, (R-Okla.), Steve Daines, (R-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn, (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn, (R-Texas), James Risch, (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo, (R-Idaho), Roger Wicker, (R-Miss.), Todd Young, (R-Ind.), Cindy Hyde-Smith, (R-Miss.), Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Bill Hagerty, (R-Tenn.).