House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. today with members of the Education & Workforce Committee, including Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL), and Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN).
After touring the school, Leader Cantor discussed the importance of the Student Success Act in promoting school choice and education opportunity for all. Leader Cantor’s remarks are below:
"I thank Two Rivers for hosting this today. It's been a great hour we've spent here at the school. My take away is that the future of our country starts at schools like this - it really does. We've listened to parents talk about the day elation hit their household when they found out that they hit the so-called lottery. And it's because they finally realized that their child was going to have access to the kind of education that here before perhaps may have only been left to those who could afford the choice of moving to a school district where a public school could meet their needs.
"That's the spirit of this school. That's the spirit of the charter school movement and public school choice - and that is to afford all parents and all children the opportunity for quality education. It is really a phenomenal success story that doesn't often get told, and that's why we are here. As Chairman Kline suggested, the Student Success Act - that he and other members of the Committee that are here have been working so diligently on - is a bill that speaks to parents and kids that would like an experience like this. It institutes reform in our education process, and it will expand the ability for Two Rivers and others to accept more students and see more success.
"I also have offered an amendment that I am hopeful will be adopted. It is an amendment that will allow for Title I monies to follow the kids - and that is the most vulnerable population, including the homeless, including foster children, and those with disabilities, to say I want the best for my child. It shouldn't be that only those parents with money can get the best for their child. It is a public school choice amendment to allow for parents to have an experience like this.
"Again, I commend Chairman Kline on his hard work. It is an honor to be here with him and his team, and certainly to Two Rivers, hats off to the tremendous accomplishments here."
View photos of the visit here.
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