AUSTIN – Today, Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) joined 12 other leading state and national organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praising her outspoken commitment to parental choice in education. The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing the need to remain true to the tenets of federalism—in particular, by moving education decision-making out of Washington to states, local school districts, and ultimately parents.  In addition, the letter offers support for specific policies that the Administration should champion to bolster parental choice movements across the nation and to keep the education choice movement unified. 

In addition to TPPF, members of the coalition include: American Legislative Exchange Council, The Heritage Foundation, Alabama Policy Institute, Beacon Center of Tennessee, The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, The Goldwater Institute, Idaho Freedom Foundation, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Palmetto Promise Institute, Public Interest Institute, The Rio Grande Foundation, and The Sutherland Institute.

          “For far too long, education policy has been centralized in Washington D.C.,” said Dr. Kevin Roberts, a longtime educator and executive vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “This has resulted in a perverse system that benefits bureaucrats and lobbyists at the expense of students and parents. Education freedom has helped change the formula, empowering parents and children all over the country and improving student outcomes and achievement. It is refreshing to see an administration that recognizes the importance of parental choice for changing lives and creating brighter futures for our children.” 

          “As the administration advances its education choice agenda, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other leading organizations across the nation are prepared to provide critical policy support for efforts that move education decision-making out of Washington,” said Chip Roy, director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at TPPF.  “Education is fundamentally a local issue and the education choice movement’s success relies on the continued advancement of choice at the state level. We are heartened by Secretary DeVos’ recent pronouncements on the issue and remain encouraged that she will continue to vocally champion the issue, while advancing choice in the spheres appropriate for the federal government—namely among children of our active duty service members, students living on tribal lands, and those in our nation’s capital.”

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For more information or to request an interview Dr. Roberts or Mr. Roy, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.

Dr. Kevin Roberts is a longtime educator and Executive Vice President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Chip Roy is the director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.