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Student Success Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. ROBY. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of Leader Cantor's amendment to H.R. 5. It's an amendment that would allow title I dollars to actually follow the student to the school of their choice. I thank the leader for recognizing me.

We all agree that every child deserves equal access to quality education--one that challenges them, builds critical-thinking skills, and enhances their opportunity for success. But all too often, the system fails those who need it most. For too long, we have perpetuated failure by not demanding accountability for results.

This amendment would allow title I dollars to follow the child to the school that their parent deems best.

As a mother of a child in public school, I understand firsthand how important it is for parents to be able to choose the school that best fits their child's needs. School choice can help drive innovation, healthy competition and, most importantly, accountability.

If a low-income parent makes the brave and noble decision to seek a better opportunity for their child, the last thing we should do here is make it more difficult by withholding funding meant to help educate that child.

Mr. Chairman, we can't afford to do the same old thing expecting different results. I urge my colleagues to adopt this amendment and pass the Student Success Act. Let's get Washington out of the way to ensure a brighter future for our children.


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