Thursday, July 12, 2012

Minnesota leading in educational choice

   (Mr. PAULSEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
   Mr. PAULSEN. Mr. Speaker, my home State of Minnesota has a remarkable legacy when it comes to charter school education. By launching the first charter schools in the country, along with leading the way in public education and reform nationwide, we have been able to serve our students and community for the past 20 years in a better way.

   In celebrating two decades now of achievement, let's ensure that this tradition continues by looking for further ways to improve these schools, making them effective for all American students. I was pleased, Mr. Speaker, that my amendment to the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act not only enhances teaching methods in schools, but also breaks down the barriers to make charter schools more accessible for the thousands of students that are now wait-listed across the country.
   Young people should have the opportunity for a good education regardless of their ZIP code.
   Mr. Speaker, I want to recognize the recent anniversary for charter schools and encourage their support in the years to come.  


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