Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on National School Choice Week:
“I am proud to join educators, parents and students around the country to celebrate National School Choice Week and support greater opportunity and choice in our education system. As a nation, we have no greater responsibility than to prepare the next generation to compete in an increasingly competitive and globalized workforce. Research shows that students are best served when schools, teachers, parents and students have control over their education – not Washington bureaucrats. This is clear across Arizona, where our 170,000 charter school students outperformed nearly every other state on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, ranking 2nd in national eighth-grade math and reading tests.
“Last year, Congress made critical strides in expanding school choice by passing the Every Student Succeeds Act, which puts an end to federal testing mandates and paves the way for greater access to high-performing charter, magnet, and traditional public schools for low-income children. We have a long way to go to fully reform our education system, but I’m confident that greater competition and choice provide the best opportunity for student achievement.”