Monday, December 10, 2007

Kids Face Struggles Everyday…

Growing up is not easy. Struggling to find a niche can be hard for a child. When parents move, sometimes the children must transfer schools if they moved out of the district. This can be a rough adjustment for some children, while others it is a smooth transition. Foster children face many obstacles in their lives. They are in and out of foster homes, floating through the system, all the while trying to comprehend why they are no longer with their families. With all the struggles they face, wouldn’t it be nice if they did not have to transfer schools when they transfer foster homes. A bill, School Choice for Foster Kids Act, is being introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) that would allow for this. According to Bachmann the act “would give states the flexibility to make younger foster children eligible for education vouchers – currently designated for students 16 to 23 years old – through the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. It would allow foster parents to send a child to his or her original school or to choose a school that can undertake the unique challenges their foster child may face.”

This is a great bill and I hope it passes. This is a step in the right direction. Children face a wide array of difficulties growing up. Parents are usually the ones who can chose the best for their children, so why should all parents not be able to choose where their child gets educated?

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