NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

Richmond, VA – Rodney Thomas, legislative representative of the NAACP Virginia State Conference announced support for House Bill 2238, a bill to make Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts available for special needs children in Virginia.

In the organization’s official statement, Thomas applauded the bill’s capacity to help meet the educational needs of at-risk children. “In this day of limited funding for education and special needs individuals, this bill offers an opportunity to those parents and their children suffering from dramatic illnesses and disabilities.”

Thomas supported the legislation at the bill’s hearing before the Senate Finance Committee today. The committee voted to report the bill with amendments. He noted that, “For those children suffering from such disabilities, normal and alternative financial sources are extremely rare and usually unavailable. This bill will assist many families in providing for the educational wants of these children without draining the families’ limited financial resources.”

The NAACP is the latest of several advocacy organizations to support HB 2238. Others include Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, the Lexington Institute, SEEDS, the Middle Resolution, Stand America, and the Family Foundation.

“The NAACP's endorsement shows that this issue transcends politics” said Delegate LaRock. “We cannot turn our backs on special needs children who are locked in schools that are failing them. School choice shouldn't just be for the wealthy; it creates an opportunity for a child's fullest potential to be met. This issue is turning into a turf war, and the NAACP has decided to support special needs children over special interests, for which many families will be deeply grateful.”

About Dave LaRock

Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 28 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRocks reside near Hamilton with Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children.

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