American Federation for Children Statement on White House FY 2018 Budget Outline

Today, the White House released the President’s FY 2018 budget proposal that included some promising first steps to empower parents. The American Federation for Children (AFC) released the following statement:

“In the President’s FY 2018 budget proposal, there are some positive items for school choice advocates, including increasing investment in public and private school choice. While details remain to be seen, this is a good first step in the budget process to demonstrate the Administration intends to fulfill the President’s commitment to expand school choice in America. AFC believes Congress has a rare window of opportunity to facilitate a significant expansion of school choice in America. AFC supports a federal tax credit, which is the broadest and most immediate way to help disadvantaged children around the country access a school of their parents’ choice. AFC also supports re-purposing federal K-12 funds to directly empower recipients of these funds to choose the public or private school of their choice.” – John Schilling, Chief Operating Officer of the American Federation for Children

Last month, AFC voiced its support for a well-designed federal tax credit to expand educational opportunity in America. In January, AFC released its third annual national school choice poll of likely voters conducted by the Democratic polling firm Beck Research, which found 72% of likely voters supporting a federal tax credit scholarship.