A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh on one of his passions–school choice:
Rep. Walsh Sends Letter to Mayor Emanuel Urging Him
to Champion School Choice for Chicago
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joe Walsh sent a letter (attached) to Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, urging him to champion school choice for the city and inviting him to co-host a Town Hall on school choice with him in Chicago. Walsh sent the letter in response to the Mayor announcing that he is sending his kids to the private Chicago University Lab School.
“I sent this letter to Mayor Emanuel because it is time we got serious about the abysmal state of Chicago‘s public schools,” said Congressman Walsh.
“As of last year, only 55 percent of students in Chicago’s public school system completed high school. Low income families have no choice but to stick their kids in these failing schools. School choice should not belong only to the rich and powerful. Every parent should be able to exercise the same right as Mayor Emanuel: to give their kids the best education possible.”
“I’ve spent most of my life working to advance school choice — to give all parents the power to decide where their children go to school.
“Through my efforts with the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, the Heartland Institute, and Jobs for Youth, I have witnessed firsthand the great potential of giving parents their right to decide where to send their kids to school.”
“This isn’t about politics.
“This is about our kids.
“About giving future generations the education they will need to lead our great state into the future.”
Congressman Walsh ran the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, a Chicago-based privately funded school voucher program which gives high school scholarships to low-income Chicago eighth grader, from 1997-2001.