Providing school choice to military families

Heritage’s Director of Education Policy Lindsey Burke has created the Military Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) policy that would allow military families to choose education options that are the right fit for their children instead of having to attend the public schools nearest to base assigned to them.

This policy is being debating in Congress right now as the Education Savings Accounts for Military Children Act of 2018.

80 percent of children from military families currently attend public schools, but only 34 percent of those surveyed said they would choose public schools as their first option. Many military families leave the service for this reason, and ESA’s would be a method of retaining these servicemen.

This bill modernizes the Federal Impact Aid Program to have the same flexibility as the G.I. Bill. Specifically, Heritage is proposing Congress:

  • Direct the federal Impact Aid program, which provides additional funding to districts with a military population, to military-connected children themselves, instead of to public school districts.
  • Re-conceptualize the $1.3 billion Impact Aid program in a way that creates school choice for military families, empowering parents with the ability to choose what works for their children and ensuring that a service member’s decision to remain in the military does not hinge on outdated assignment-by-zip-code schooling policies.
  • Transition Impact Aid funding into parent-controlled education savings accounts (ESAs) to provide children of active-duty military families with education choice, while ensuring the federal program serves military families so that they can serve the nation.

What do you think is the best benefit of school choice?

Your impact in ending Identity Politics

The Heritage Foundation is dismantling the culture of Identity Politics in Washington DC through the work of Heritage expert Mike Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has been working hard to stop the fracturing of the American people through Identity politics–a method of dividing the country by race.

In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Gonzalez stated:

Identity politics—the artificial segmentation of Americans into antagonistic groups organized along often imagined ethnic, racial and sexual categories—is tearing America apart. President Trump can do something about it.

The US Census Bureau recently attempted to add another racial disambiguation of MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) as an attempt to further divide the country. It was through the efforts of Gonzalez and Heritage that this attempt was not carried out.

Moving forward, Heritage plans to work with the Trump Administration to roll back and dismantle the current system that is in place. Mr. Gonzalez argues that if we are able to roll back the laws that racially separate us, that we will be able to take away the most powerful weapon that those who support Identity Politics have.

The Trump administration has responded very favorably to Heritage and our policies, giving Heritage a strong position to start, and there are many on both the left and the right that do not like the way these policies are dividing our country.

 

What do you think should be done to end identity politics?

Honoring their fight

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day.

As conservatives, we believe all should have the same freedom and opportunities regardless of race, religion, gender, etc.

With March designated as Women’s History month, it is important that we celebrate the contributions that women make to our society.

A majority of women are now responsible for household finances and health care decisions and women-owned businesses employ more than 8.4 million workers. So it is essential then to understand how key conservative federal policies such as taxes, education and health care affect women and their families.

For that reason, we hosted an event Thursday with four congresswomen titled “Empowering Women Through Conservative Policy”.

They joined us to discuss a more dynamic way to understand women’s issues and the intersection of public policy, free enterprise, and family life.

Watch the event below:

What do you believe is the biggest challenge to gender inequality?