From: The Honorable Matt Salmon
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Date: 1/29/2014

Cosponsor the

School Choice Education Savings Account Act

Dear Colleague,

Choice represents a return to some of our most basic notions about education.  In particular, programs emphasizing choice reflect the simple truth that the keys to educational success are schools and teachers that teach, and parents who insist that their children learn.” – President Ronald Reagan.

The education of our children is one of the most important things we can work on in Congress.  The most relevant and effective education policy decisions should come from parents and teachers who are of the most involved and closely invested.

In honor of School Choice Week, I introduced legislation that would provide parents with better options in school choice from kindergarten through college.  After all, parents should be at the forefront when making educational choices for their own children.

Currently, the majority of states provide tax incentives for contributions into 529 college savings plans.  The federal government allows similar incentives for educational savings for both K-12 and postsecondary education through the Coverdell ESA program.  The Coverdell program, however limits the amount one can contribute annually as well as the age one can make qualified expenditures.  My bill expands the language in IRC Section 529 to include K-12 qualified educational expenses, which effectively removes such limitations.

Offering parents the same tax savings for K-12 expenses that are available for college will provide parents more choices of schools for their children.  When parents are given greater flexibility in school choice, children win.

To become a cosponsor of this legislation or for more information please contact Jonathan Sarager in my office or x60627.




Member of Congress