Owens: Educational Freedom is the civil rights issue of our time

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), Chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, advocated for school choice and expanding educational freedom for every child in America at today’s Education and the Workforce Committee hearing.

“Thank you, Dr. Foxx and Chairman Bean for holding this important hearing today, and thank you to the witnesses for your participation.

“I’d particularly like to thank my colleague, Rep. Adrian Smith—it has been a pleasure to work with him on the “Educational Choice for Children Act” that we introduced earlier this year in honor of our colleague, Jackie Walorski.

“I’d also like to thank former Representative Luke Messer, who has long been a champion of school choice.  Representative Messer long ago caught the vision of school choice and how transformative educational freedom is for families, especially those in low-income and underperforming school districts.

“Educational Freedom is the civil rights issue of our time.  Educational Freedom supports students over systems and gives every child in America—regardless of his or her zip code—the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

“I have seen first-hand how access to a quality education can change the course of a child’s life.  Educational Freedom can give someone a second chance in life.

“I am passionate and will not stop fighting until every American child—regardless of his or her race, socio-economic status, family situation, or neighborhood has the right to educational freedom.”

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