California’s public schools were once the envy of the nation. Today, California’s public schools not only rank at the bottom of the entire country, the state spends approximately $22,000 per year for each child in the public school system to accomplish this.
California has approximately 6.6 Million K-12 Students: 6 million attending public schools, 471,000 attending private schools, and 84,000 attending homeschool, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The state has 942 school districts operating 8,600 individual schools and enrolling approximately 5.3 million students.
In California, state and local government and big teacher’s unions are preventing students from receiving a quality education, for many reasons, but especially by forcing children to attend the public school closest to them, even when it is totally failing. There is no school competition for kids who can’t afford to opt-out of the shoddy school they are forced to attend, Fix California explains.
To address this, Fix California the sponsor of Fix California Education, is sponsoring a ballot initiative proposing Education Savings Accounts for California students, which follow the students’ choice of schools: private school or homeschool.
Ric Grenell, founder of Fix California, who served as Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence, announced Friday that former California State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero has endorsed Fix California’s Education Savings Accounts Act of 2022.
“As a proud Democrat who has dedicated my life to fighting against an entrenched education bureaucracy so that all California children can have all the opportunities afforded to our ruling class, I proudly join with Ric and Fix California to give parents control over their children’s destiny,” Romero said. “Parents matter; and when given not only the choice, but the resources, they will provide the best education opportunities for their children. However, it is clear that current legislative leaders cannot possibly reform our schools and our school boards are intimidated by controlling interests who care more about their bottom line than our children’s future. If through this proposal, public schools can rise to the challenge with a little more competition, then everyone will benefit. I hope that voters will put aside petty, partisan games and join us in providing a model for a world class educational system and sign the petition to get the Education Savings Accounts Act of 2022 on the ballot next year. We cannot waste anymore years waiting for Sacramento to act.”
Bi-partisan and non-partisan support is imperative for any school choice, education savings account initiative to succeed. Romero’s endorsement is substantial, as a long-time school choice advocate.
“The ESA reforms how schools are funded by cutting the government and politicians out of the middle and puts the tax money that’s guaranteed to education into a savings account available for any student who opts into the program,” Grenell and Romero explain in an op ed at RealClearEducation Friday. “Each year approximately $13,000 will be deposited into the student’s account and may be spent on any accredited school. Students will no longer be trapped by arbitrary geographic or socioeconomic boundaries.”
Parents are tired of their children trapped in government schools force-feeding them political indoctrination: Critical Race Theory, re-written American history, dumbed-down mathematics, watered-down science, and quasi-academic subjects.
“Parents have also watched anti-science decisions that forced school closures due to COVID-19, setting back an entire generation and harming the mental health and physical development of our children,” Grenell and Romero say.
“If there were ever a time to push transformative change, it’s right now. And if there were ever an issue that unites people across political, economic, and ethnic lines, it’s the education of our children.”
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