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ICYMI: Foxx Celebrates 25 Years of Charter Schools

 Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the nation’s first charter school, and praised the hope an opportunity charter schools across the country provide for students and families.

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 “Mr. Speaker, twenty-five years ago something monumental occurred for students and families who were seeking a new way to pursue a high-quality education.

“Twenty-five years ago, our nation’s first charter school, the City Academy, opened its doors in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“City Academy began a new era for school choice, and provided families with an alternative option to the traditional public school system.

“Today, over 3 million students are enrolled in charter schools, and more than 6,800 have opened in over 40 states.

“Charter schools are not only growing as an option for students, but these schools are also getting results.

“Innovative charter schools are providing thousands of students and families with the hope and opportunity that they can receive a high-quality education, and gain the skills they need to succeed for the future.

“I congratulate City Academy for being a true pioneer in school choice twenty-five years ago, and support the expansion of school choice for American students and families.”

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