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Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California


I believe parents should have the opportunity to send their children to high-quality charter or private schools, including religious schools, especially if their children currently attend a failing public school. I believe that school choice would further increase the accountability of public schools and would reduce the burden on our public school system. In turn, with a lower student enrollment and the spirit of competition introduced, public schools would be better able to devote their resources to improving the academic performance of the remaining students. Meanwhile, the students who attended the charter or private school would also have the benefit of a more focused and friendly learning environment common in many private schools.

While I believe that our public school system will always play an integral role in educating our nation's children, our education system's persistent mediocrity should compel us to consider other educational options. As such, I will support giving parents the choice and necessary resources to send their children to private or charter schools. Along with home schooling, I believe these alternatives can redirect to excellence children who were likely destined to receive an inadequate and unacceptably poor education. We need to acknowledge the problem in order to solve it. No longer can we accept that a one-size fits all education structure is an efficient system. The youth of this country need choice and I believe we need to give them that opportunity.

For more information concerning my work and views on issues related to Kindergarten through 12th Grade Education, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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More on K-12

Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. LaMalfa today H.R. 10, legislation to amend and reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act. The measure provides low income families in the District of Columbia the ability to apply for scholarship funding to attend a private school through the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Oct 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commended William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley for being recognized by the U.S Department of Education as one of 335 schools honored as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Jul 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, legislation to reauthorize and reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The measure strengthens charter schools and parental rights, prohibits federal coercion of Common Core, consolidates more than 65 programs that have been labelled ineffective or lack funding, and allows states to establish their own accountability systems to ensure all students receive a quality education.