Sen. Tim Scott Statement on Every Child Achieves Act

Washington – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement after voting against the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).

“I want to thank Chairman Lamar Alexander for the tremendous effort he put into crafting this legislation, along with Ranking Member Patty Murray. The Every Child Achieves Act takes some important steps towards improving our nation’s K-12 education system by returning decision making to the states and simplifying some testing measures.

Unfortunately, I believe the bill did not go far enough in these aspects, and I simply could not support its passage. Too many of our nation’s children today do not have access to a quality education, and I believe that, among other factors, school choice is a critical step towards providing that opportunity.

Education is a building block of my Opportunity Agenda, and I will continue working on the Senate Education Committee to give parents more options in determining the best educational path for their children. When parents have a choice, kids have a better chance.”

This past Tuesday, Senator Scott’s school choice amendment to the ECAA was defeated 45-51. The Senator gave a passionate speech advocating for school choice on the floor of the Senate, which you can watch here.