Northam cast tie-breaking vote against bill to create Education Savings Accounts for Virginia parents and school-children
RICHMOND – Americans for Prosperity – Virginia (AFP-VA) and Middle Resolution, two Virginia organizations advocating for increasing educational opportunity for all Virginia children, responded to Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s tie-breaking vote yesterday against SB 1243. The organization’s spokesmen explained how Lt. Gov. Northam defeated a bill that would have created Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), empowering more parents with to afford more educational opportunities for their children.
AFP-VA State Director Tyler Foote offered the following statement:
“We are disappointed that Lt. Gov. Northam once again voted against giving parents more choices on where they send their children to school. Lt. Gov. Northam’s vote against ESAs is part of a pattern of opposing education choice reforms that increase choice for all Virginia children and help the least fortunate have greater opportunities for success. Lt. Gov. Northam’s tie-breaking vote is the reason a positive reform will not be moving forward in the legislature, leaving thousands of parents and children without a solution. We hope he rethinks his vote next time the General Assembly votes on a bill to increase education choice for Virginia parents.”
Middle Resolution Executive Director Craig DiSesa also offered a statement:
“Once again, the Lt. Governor and some lawmakers have demonstrated their preference for special interests over special needs. Yesterday, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam caved to special interests by voting “no” on SB 1243, which would have given special needs and low-income children an opportunity to leave schools that are not working for them. It is time for the Lt. Governor to side with children who are suffering in the inner-city instead of siding with the powerful special interests that oppose education choice.”
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