FreedomWorks South Carolina Launches Round Two of Statewide Grassroots Campaign to Support School Choice

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FreedomWorks activists across the state of South Carolina launched the second phase of an aggressive grassroots campaign today to support the recently introduced school choice bill, H. 4576. The bill proposes simple solutions to make student tuition more affordable for families, including tax credits for students attending independent schools, tax credits for non-profit scholarship grants, tax credits for students with special needs, and tax credits for classroom supplies.

"School choice is a win-win policy for both children and taxpayers in South Carolina," commented David Spielman, Campaigns Coordinator for FreedomWorks. "Allowing schools to compete provides a strong incentive for failing schools to improve their performance and empowers parents to take control over their child's education, all while lowering the total cost to the taxpayer."

FreedomWorks will support local grassroots trainings and voter education events in the weeks leading up to the South Carolina General Assembly's vote. The campaign has already armed distribution centers statewide with tens of thousands of voter education materials, including door hangers, yard signs, district-targeted palm cards, tee shirts and bumper stickers.

Voters can also sign a FreedomWorks online petition which generates emails directly to lawmakers demanding that the State House put children over special interests and support school choice bill H. 4576.

"South Carolina currently ranks 47th in the nation in test scores, despite spending an annual average of almost $12,000 per student," added Spielman. "Last May, the state House of Representatives tabled a school choice bill by just one vote. Our 20,000 South Carolina activists will be working around the clock relentlessly to make sure school choice doesn't slip through their hands again."

FreedomWorks and Chairman Dick Armey will join the Spartanburg Tea Party and South Carolinians for a Responsible Government for a school choice rally in Spartanburg's Cleveland Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday February 2nd. The event will kick off with a reception, followed by a series of speakers discussing the important benefits of implementing school choice, and the critical role the grassroots will play in turning those ideas into legislative change.

Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks has over 1.5 million grassroots volunteers nationwide. The organization is chaired by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey and the President is Matt Kibbe. FreedomWorks recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes grassroots activists across America to advance the ideas of lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

For more information on the South Carolina school choice campaign or the Spartanburg school choice awareness event, please contact David Spielman at dspielman@freedomworks.org.

Contact:
Jackie Bodnar
(202) 942-7652
jbodnar@freedomworks.org

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