This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
More than 200 students, parents, teachers, and school choice advocates celebrated National School Choice Week at the nation???s capitol yesterday morning.
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the value of education in his own life, noting that ???education is the great equalizer of America.???
Rep. Luke Messer (R-Indiana) hosted the event and is a strong supporter of school choice. He introduced a bill last week, Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all Students Act, which would allow states to convert $14.5 billion in education funds to scholarships for students to use to attend a public or private school of their choice. It would also provide parents with more flexibility in education savings accounts.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that access to education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century and that a student???s race and zipcode shouldn???t determine their access to education.
He noted that over one million students are on charter school wait lists and that ???we shouldn???t put our future on a waiting list.???
Other speakers included Reps. Steve Scalise, John Kline, Todd Rokita and Virginia Foxx as well as Sen. Tim Scott. Gary Jones, a parent of an Opportunity Scholarship Program student, and Isaiah Smith, a student at Washington Latin public charter school, also spoke. The event concluded with a performance from the St. Francis student choir.