Eric Cantor stresses the need for school choice reform during CPAC speech

Eric CantorHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) discussed the need for school choice reform in the United States during his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday afternoon.

“There is no longer a debate about whether federal education policy is working,” he said. “More money goes in, and the results stay the same. It’s not fair to taxpayers, it’s not fair to parents, and most importantly, it’s not fair to the kids.”

Cantor spoke of impoverished students in New York, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. that benefitted from private school vouchers, noting how public schools are not always the answer for some students.

“Today, too many of the most vulnerable children in our country are stuck in schools that don’t work. The schools are too dangerous, they don’t teach to grade level, and they certainly are not preparing our kids for college or a better future,” the House Majority leader commented.

Cantor also pointed out how Republicans have historically led the fight, as the American Conservative Union — which hosts CPAC each year — called on then-President Lyndon B. Johnson to replace education subsidies with tax credits that fund alternative forms of education, like cyber and magnet schools. He urged today’s conservative to follow through with this, so that students can have the best opportunities available to them regardless of their economic status.

“A competitive environment, where schools compete for students rather than the other way around, gives every child an equal chance at a greater destiny,” Cantor said. “No parent or child should be forced to wait for failing school systems to get their acts together.”