One of the major points in E.W. Jackson’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 was expanding School Choice, an issue in need of attention but largely ignored by most politicians then and now. But that’s about to change. Del. Dave LaRock has introduced HB 2238, a bill that would establish savings accounts much like the Virginia 529 college plans, but to help defray costs for families opting out of the public education system. In an email this morning, E.W. Jackson’s Unite Virginia PAC details the bill and calls on people to contact the members of the House Education Committee and ask that they vote YES to this bill:
Far too often, those who need our help the most are stuck in failing school systems that do nothing to help promote families out of poverty and into prosperity.
We cannot allow the quality of one’s education to be dictated by their social status or zip code.
That is why I have championed Parental Choice in Education for years. We must do more to take the power of education out of the hands of bureaucrats, unions, and failing school systems and put it back into the hands of the family so they can help secure a better education and a better future for their children.
This year we have an opportunity to help make Parental Choice in Education a reality.
HB 2238 would create Parental Choice in Education Savings Accounts allowing families to save money to put towards their child’s education just as they would for college. But the key to this bill is that localities will be helping as well.
Localities will contribute 90 percent of state funds appropriated for public school purposes per pupil – meaning for every dollar the state provides your locality to educate your child, 90 cents will be put into the savings account and 10 cents will go to the locality to help improve the quality of a public education.
This bill is a win-win for both families and localities, empowering parents who want to choose a different path for their children while providing localities a net gain for each student who opts for a private education.
This is a step in the right direction for Virginia’s families. Far too often students are stuck in failing systems that leave them behind in a fast moving world. We need to ensure families have options to better the lives of future generations – Parental Choice in Education does that.
We need this bill to make it to the House floor and to the Governor’s desk. You can help make that happen by contacting the members of the House Committee on Education and telling them to vote YES on Parental Choice and YES on helping ensure a future for thousands of Virginians.
Joseph Yost (R) – (804) 698-1012 – DelJYost@house.virginia.gov Richard Bell (R) – (804) 698-1020 – DelDBell@house.virginia.gov Steve Landes (R) – (804) 698-1025 – DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov Roxann Robinson (R) – 804) 698-1027 – DelRRobinson@house.virginia.gov Scott Lingamfelter (R) – (804) 698-1031 – DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov Tag Greason (R) – (804) 698-1032 – DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov Mark Keam (D) – (804) 698-1035 – DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov David Bulova (D) – (804) 698-1037 – DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov Pete Farrell (R) – (804) 698-1056 – DelPFarrell@house.virginia.gov James LeMunyon (R) – (804) 698-1067 – DelJLeMunyon@house.virginia.gov Jennifer McClellan (D) – (804) 698-1071 – DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov Jimmy Massie (R) – (804) 698-1072 – DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov Roslyn Tyler (D) – (804) 698-1075 – DelRTyler@house.virginia.gov Jay Leftwich (R) – (804) 698-1078 – DelJLeftwich@house.virginia.gov Glenn Davis (R) – (804) 698-1084 – DelGDavis@house.virginia.gov Thomas Rust (R) – (804) 698-1086 – DelTRust@house.virginia.gov Mark Cole (R) – (804) 698-1088 – DelMCole@house.virginia.gov Daun Hester (D) – (804) 698-1089 – DelDHester@house.virginia.gov Joesph Lindsey (D) – (804) 698-1090 – DelJLindsey@house.virginia.gov David Yancey (R) – (804) 698-1094 – DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov Brenda Pogge (R) – (804) 698-1096 – DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov
Please call and e-mail as many members as you can and let them know you want HB 2238 and you want all families to be empowered in the education of their children.
No child should be denied a quality education because of a failing school system. Help make sure all Virginians get access by calling and emailing these delegates today!
Thank you and God bless,