Senators Lamar Alexander, Rand Paul in Nashville Monday to Spotlight Tennessee Charter Schools

Posted on July 25, 2013

Also to host roundtable Tuesday in Washington on school choice with Senators Tim Scott and Mike Lee 

WASHINGTON, July 25— U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will meet at a charter school in Nashville Monday with Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman to help inform their work on federal legislation to make it easier for states and communities to create charter schools. 

On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Paul is hosting a roundtable focused on expanding school choice for parents in Washington. Sens. Alexander, Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are co-hosting the event. 

Huffman will host the Monday roundtable of teachers, parents, and students for the two senators at a Nashville-area charter school. The senators have introduced federal legislation they said will “fix No Child Left Behind by restoring to states and communities control over whether teachers and schools are succeeding or failing.”   

Alexander is the senior Republican on the Senate education policy committee and Paul is a member of the committee.  

“We also want to make it easier for states and communities to create more charter schools,” Alexander said. “Charter schools liberate teachers to use their own good judgment to help children and give parents more choices of good schools.” Sen. Alexander, a former U.S. Education Secretary, said that he began encouraging the formation of charter schools in 1992 as Secretary, when there were only a dozen such schools, and that today 5 percent of the nation’s 100,000 public schools are charter schools. 

“By nurturing the ideals of choice and individual freedom, we can find education solutions that direct our children toward success,” Sen. Paul said. “Expanding school choice starts at the community level, and I am proud to be a part of Monday’s discussion.”

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