Statement: What Parents Want to Hear During GOP Debate Tonight

Invest in Education Coalition, a national school choice and parents’ rights group, urging GOP candidates to support federal school choice legislation

Milwaukee, WI – The Invest in Education Coalition (IIEC) released statements ahead of tonight’s GOP presidential debate saying they are hopeful candidates will commit to advocating for school choice and parent’s rights by specifically mentioning their support for federal school choice legislation, the Educational Choice for Children Act (ECCA), during the debate.  The coalition has been running a TV ad campaign in the battleground state of Wisconsin ahead of the debate and with members of the coalition in Milwaukee this week.

Anthony de Nicola, Chairman of the Invest in Education Coalition, said it is vital that our next president work together with Congress to provide more school choice options for parents.

“Now more than ever, empowering parents to ensure their children are getting the best education possible should be a top priority. This scholarship tax credit will expand education freedom and opportunity for up to two million low- and middle-income students throughout the nation.” said de Nicola.

His coalition is supporting the Educational Choice for Children Act (ECCA), a federal tax credit scholarship bill that would help up to two million students access a school or education service of their parents’ choice.  Scholarships are funded with private donations, not federal money, and donors receive a federal tax credit. Students could use scholarships for tuition, tutoring to address learning loss, special needs services, or education technology.  The legislation has more than 100 House co-sponsors and more than two dozen Senate co-sponsors.

Sherlean Roberts, a local Milwaukee student, was able to attend the Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy from grades three through twelve at charter schools thanks to a scholarship that the ECCA legislation would support. Roberts credits her academic success to her charter school education and now is attending Marquette University on a full-tuition scholarship.

“Education isn’t one-size-fits-all, and for my parents and I, charter schools gave me the best chance to excel,” stated Roberts, “School choice empowered my parents to choose the schools that were the best fit for me and empowered me to mold my own future.”

About Invest in Education Coalition

 Invest in Education Coalition is a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates at the federal level for legislation that will directly empower K-12 parents throughout the nation to choose the best school or education service for their children.  Invest in Education Coalition is the only national organization exclusively dedicated to advancing school choice at the federal level, working to make this goal a reality for children in all 50 states.  We believe that K-12 parents should have the power to choose the best educational options for their own children.  Simply put, parents should decide where their child’s education dollars are spent. To learn more, please visit For more information on the Educational Choice for Children Act (ECCA), please click here.