Statement: Governor Jeb Bush on the Education Freedom Scholarship

Today, Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of ExcelinEd, issued the following statement on the proposal to create the Education Freedom Scholarship, a legislative effort led by Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R – AL).

The proposal provides $5 billion in federal tax credits for donations made to state-based educational programs, which can be focused on school tuition, career and technical education, dual enrollment, afterschool programs and other state-created educational opportunities. States would choose whether to participate and would determine their program’s structure, including eligible educational uses, students and providers.

“All families should have the power to determine the best educational path for their children. The Education Freedom Scholarship Program will expand successful choice efforts in states across the country, empowering more families to explore educational opportunities without increasing the size of government or raising taxes.

“I applaud President Trump and Secretary DeVos for their steadfast commitment to increasing educational opportunity for America’s families. Senator Cruz, Congressman Byrne and education reform allies in Congress can be proud of this bold proposal and the impact it will have on hundreds of thousands of students, and the precedent it will set benefiting generations of Americans to come.”