Jan 28, 2021
Press Release

On January 28, Congressman Joe Wilson introduced the Military Child Educational Freedom Act. This legislation opens Coverdell Education Savings Accounts for active-duty military families who wish to use the funds for homeschooling, regardless of the state in which they reside. The bill is supported by the South Carolina Superintendent for Education, Molly Spearman, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS), the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

“With our military personnel constantly rotated among United States military installations throughout the nation and world, we should expand educational opportunities for our servicemembers’ families. The average child in a military family moves six to nine times in his or her school career. These frequent moves can sometimes negatively impact a child’s education,” said Congressman Wilson. “This is why I introduced the Military Child Educational Freedom Act. Our military personnel should have the option to use Coverdell accounts for homeschooling if that is the school choice for their child. It is our duty to expand opportunities for the education of our heroes’ children and offer these families the support they deserve.”

“I commend Congressman Wilson on his unwavering support of our nation’s military and their families. The Military Child Educational Freedom Act provides much needed financial assistance and choice opportunities to those that serve our nation,” said South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “Every parent should be empowered to make decisions in the best interest of their children and this bill will help ensure military-connected students have the resources needed to be successful.”

“SCAIHS is pleased to support the Military Child Educational Freedom Act, Congressman Joe Wilson’s positive legislation to support military families who homeschool their children. This bill allows homeschool families in the military to save their own money for use in Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. This legislation allows us to provide a practical way to help and support the large number of military families who have chosen to homeschool. We are thankful to these military families for their service,” said SCAIHS.

“MCEC is proud to be a leading advocate for conditions that ease the educational burdens transitions cause for military-connected children,” said Dr. Becky Porter, President and CEO of MCEC. “We need to enable a parent’s choice of where their military-connected child receives an education - whether it is public, private, charter, or home school.

"HSLDA strongly supports Congressman Joe Wilson’s legislation to support military families who homeschool their children. Our nation's war fighters make sacrifices on behalf of their fellow Americans every day. A growing number of them are also making the choice to homeschool; these families deserve the same financial break as their public and private school peers. The Military Child Educational Freedom Act expands the use of Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to military families who homeschool, making it easier for them to use more of their own money for educational expenses. HSLDA urges Congress to pass this commonsense bill and help our military families,” said HSLDA.