Senator Rand Paul introduced legislation to fund families directly using existing federal education funding. The legislation, known as the “School Act” would direct to the student. The funding would follow the child wherever they received an education. That could be a public school, private school, or homeschool option. This would fund students instead of systems. It would also mean that public school systems would have to compete with private, charter, and homeschools for that revenue.
Rand Paul discusses his legislation in the video below.
Senator Paul released a statement regarding his legislation:
As the impact of the ongoing pandemic and the government response efforts continue to place parents in situations requiring greater flexibility in balancing working and providing for their families’ critical needs, especially when educating their children at home, my SCHOOL Act grants them that flexibility by empowering them to use their own tax dollars to find the option that best fits their family’s needs and allowing them to reclaim a bit of stability in uncertain times,” said Dr. Paul.Website, Senator Rand Paul
While federal education dollars are currently sent to states and then distributed amongst public school districts, Dr. Paul’s legislation would allow federal funds for K-12 education to follow the eligible child, learning in person or remotely, to the school of their choice.
Whether in public school, private school, or homeschool, the funds can be used for a wide range of educational needs, including tuition, curriculum materials, technology, support for special education, or classes outside the home.
As families face the reality of hybrid learning or a completely virtual school year, students, especially those with disabilities, need a choice in education and the tools to succeed no matter where they are learning.
You can read the SCHOOL Act HERE, and you can find more information below: