Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)

It seems that the newly appointed chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is committed to expanding school choice.  

See this Real Clear Politics article/interview which is worth a listen (her interview begins at the 28 min mark in the podcast).  

In her interview Foxx says that school choice is really parental choice, “In many cases parents do not have a choice as to how to help their children get the best education they can possibly get. And so I want to see more parental choice because it's the parents who care the most about their children and how they will get a good education.” Foxx says.


According to the article she has also “pushed back against critics, saying they’re trying to deny children in failing schools the opportunity at a better education."

So why should we care what some federal committee chairwoman thinks?? Because her selection as committee chair signals that Congress is willing to have school choice be a part of the conversation. President Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, indicates that this administration is also serious about this issue.  With Congress and the administration on the same page, that bodes well for school choice on the national level. At the very least it seems that our nation's leaders will be thinking about school choice when developing education policy. No matter how you feel about the federal role in education, if you support a parents right to choose the education that is best for their child, then having school choice be a part of the education policy discussion is always going to be a good thing.