Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Rep. Messer Re-Introduces Legislation Empowering States to Expand School Choice Opportunities

Feb 2, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Messer Re-Introduces Legislation Empowering States to Expand School Choice Opportunities

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) announced today he has re-introduced legislation that would empower states to expand school choice opportunities for students.

Messer’s bill, the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Students Act, would give states the option to allow $14.5 billion in Title I federal money to follow 11 million low-income children to the public or private school of their choice.   

“Our country continues to pour money into an education system that too often fails its students,” Messer said. “This is particularly true for kids in urban, low-income communities who are trapped in poorly performing schools with no way out.  The status quo isn’t working for these kids. It’s time for more innovation and more options for parents.”

Messer’s legislation also provides parents more tools to invest in their child’s education by:

  • Allowing 529 education savings accounts funds to be used for qualified pre-K to 12th grade education expenses, in addition to college expenses
  • Eliminating the $2,000 contribution cap on Coverdell education savings accounts 
  • Allowing Coverdell accounts to be used for qualified home school education expenses

“The reality is school choice currently exists for those in our country who can afford it,” Messer said. “Now, the real question is are we going to provide that opportunity for everyone else?”

Today Messer joined the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education for a school choice hearing to examine how federal policies can support innovative education options and discuss ways to extend school choice opportunities to more students.

Last week during National School Choice Week, Messer led a School Choice Rally on Capitol Hill. 

Photos of the Rally are available here, and a video of Rep. Messer discussing school choice is available here.