Rapper and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges headlined a school choice rally at Liberty Plaza Wednesday to support legislation that would expand charter schools and other educational options in Georgia.
The Georgia Center for Opportunity rally coincided with National School Choice Week, a series of events promoting school choice nationwide. The rally highlighted Senate Bill 92 and House Bill 243, which would establish an education savings account program in Georgia.
“Regardless to social status, all children should be able to access a great school,” said Ludacris. “Education savings accounts empower all children to be able to access a great education.”
The education savings account program would allegedly offer students more school choices. Sponsors of the bills argue the program would enable students to attend schools outside their communities regardless of their parents’ socioeconomic status.
“We want to expand choice and create options and opportunity. It shouldn’t be a one size fits all,” said Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Atlanta, one of the sponsors of SB 92. Hill said the education savings account program would benefit students in both public and charter schools.
Both bills would enable education savings account holders to use the funds to pay for “qualifying educational expenses,” including private tutoring and future college and university costs.
Ludacris urged parents to become “more involved” in their children’s education and to find schools that “challenge” them. The rapper said this is crucial to achieve “equal opportunity education.”