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DE House Bill Could Give More Parents An Educational Choice

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DELAWARE - A bill that would offer parents an opportunity to provide a quality education for their children, regardless of the parent's income status, has been introduced and assigned to the House Education Committee.

According to reports, House Bill 353, the Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act (PEESAA), provides children in all income levels equal access to education opportunities. The provisions of this act reportedly allow parents, at their discretion, to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts which they can access through a debit card with restricted, but multiple, uses.

Officials say those funds allow parents to use them for different schooling options at the discretion of the parents, including private school tuition, educational therapies, online learning programs, home school curriculum, tutoring, and even future college expenses.

PEESAA reportedly provides access to parents previously barred from an expanded range of educational opportunities due to lower incomes. Officials say the bill encourages families to remain in their current place of residents and eliminates the need to move to other geographic areas (including other states) for better schools and for those who cannot afford to relocate PEESAA offers those families a wider range of education opportunities than are currently available.

"Delaware's performance has moved sideways it has not moved up," says Samuel Friedman, communications director with the Caesar Rodney Institute. "We're typically a little bit below average for performance, the schools are expensive, we are trying to stimulate competition with the schools and to make sure that the schools are doing the best they can."

The incentives provided by PEESAA are reportedly expected to improve academic performance for all students, help stabilize neighborhoods and communities, increase new business development, and bring revenue back to financially strapped areas like Wilmington.

The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne), and co-sponsored by Rep. Daniel Short (R-Seaford). The bill is also being sponsored in the Senate by Senators Gary Simpson (R-Milford) and Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharply).

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