Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Support School Choice Through Charter Schools
May 9, 2014
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. This bipartisan legislation seeks to streamline the process of charter school approval, making it easier for charter developers to gain access to capital, while providing support in the acquisition and maintenance of space.
The new charter school program will consist of three parts. First, state entities will be awarded grants supporting the expansion and replication of high quality charter schools and new innovative charter school models. Second, facilities aid will be awarded to help charter schools access private grants. Finally, this bill will allow the Secretary of Education to operate a grant competition for charter schools who did not receive state grants.
Cook said, “As a former educator myself, I understand that charter schools can provide the choice that parents need for quality education. This legislation will expand high quality charter schools and promote innovative curriculums. I support this state-centered approach because a one size fits all approach to education is never good for kids.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.