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House Bill to Offer Parents Educational Choice for Their Children Introduced


Dover, DE – A bill to offer parents an opportunity to provide a quality education for their children, regardless of the parents income status, has been introduced and assigned to the House Education Committee. The bill, known as HB 353, The Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act (PEESAA), provides children in all income levels equal access to education opportunities.   The provisions of this act allow parents, at their discretion, to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts which they can access through a debit card with restricted, but multiple, uses.   Those funds allow parents to use them for different schooling options at the discretion of the parents, including private school tuition, educational therapies, online learning programs, homeschool curriculum, tutoring, and even future college expenses.   PEESAA provides access to parents previously barred from an expanded range of educational opportunities due to lower incomes. The bill encourages families to remain in their current place of residents and eliminates the need to move to other geographic areas (including other states) for better schools and for those who cannot afford to relocate PEESAA offers those families a wider range of education opportunities than are currently available.   PEESAA is also good for schools and school districts running on increasingly meager budgets. The bill provides schools and school districts incentives for innovation in schooling practice and finding ways to lower unneeded costs which keep money out of the classroom and send it elsewhere.   The incentives provided by PEESAA are expected to improve academic performance for all students, help stabilize neighborhoods and communities, increase new business development, and bring revenue back to financially strapped areas like Wilmington.   The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne), and co-sponsored by Rep. Daniel Short (R-Seaford). The bill is also being sponsored in the Senate by Senators Gary Simpson (R-Milford) and Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharply).   For more information contact: Samuel Friedman Communications Director, Caesar Rodney Institute (302) 734-2700


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