Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Votes to Expand Access to Charter Schools

May 9, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act.

“For too long, struggling families seeking a quality education for their children have been forced to accept a one-size fits all standard under which educational choice is available only to those who can afford it. Charter schools are innovative tools that provide parents and children with educational opportunities which they would not otherwise have.

“We need to strengthen and expand charter schools as we work to equip our children with a 21st century education. That’s why I supported the ‘Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act.’ This legislation will empower parents and help students escape underperforming schools by expanding access to quality charter schools and identifying and replicating the programs and practices which work best. 

“As a father of two school-aged children, I believe that the most powerful reform Congress could enact to ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a first-class education is to put control of that education back in the hands of the state and local leaders and parents who know our children best.”