AFC Statement on White House FY 2019 Budget

Today, the White House released the President’s FY 2019 budget proposal that included further opportunities to give families more options with their child’s K-12 education. The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, released the following statement:

Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation for Children: 

“The President’s second budget proposal once again shows a commitment to expanding school choice in America and putting more decision-making power into the hands of families. We support a competitive grant program to complement what states are currently doing to create more and better educational options for families and children, and we support the increased investment in charter schools. AFC also believes that Congress and the Administration should pursue additional and bold policies to fulfill the President’s promise to expand school choice, including: a K-12 tax credit to leverage private money in support of scholarships for lower income families; vouchers for children of active duty military members so they can attend schools of their parents’ choice; Education Savings Accounts for children in Bureau of Indian Education schools; and more funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. While most of the action on education reform broadly, and school choice specifically, is at the state level, the items in the President’s budget and these additional policy ideas would be a tremendous help in facilitating greater educational opportunity for America’s K-12 children.”