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PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts React to Introduction of Child Safety Account Legislation

January 17, 2019

“No child should be forced to remain in an unsafe education environment.” - Lennie Jarratt

On January 16, Colorado Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) introduced Child Safety Account legislation (HB19-1112), an idea fostered by The Heartland Institute. This legislation would provide state education funds to students who are victims of violence in school to be used for safer education environments and opportunities.

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“No child should be forced to remain in an unsafe education environment. Child Safety Accounts are a giant leap forward in protecting students and ensuring students have access to a safe learning environment. Parents should not have to worry about whether their child will come home safely each day after school.”

Lennie Jarratt
Project Manager, Education
The Heartland Institute

“Thank you to Rep. Neville for stepping up for Colorado children and introducing Child Safety Accounts to the General Assembly. This program will help ensure all Colorado parents will have the ability to provide their children with a safe environment in which to receive their education. This program will help ensure Colorado public schools are more responsive to their students and take their safety concerns more seriously. The public education system’s failure to adequately protect these children is precisely why this program is so desperately needed.”

Tim Benson
Co-author, Protecting Students with Child Safety Accounts
Policy Analyst
The Heartland Institute

“Students should not have to wait years at a time or become victims of violent crime before their parents are allowed to transfer them to safer schools. The introduction of HB19-1112 represents an unprecedented advance for Colorado students and families and should be a model for the rest of the country.”

Vicki Alger
Co-author, Protecting Students with Child Safety Accounts
Research Fellow
Independent Institute

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Lennie Jarratt is the former director of the Center for Education Opportunities at The Heartland Institute @LennieJarratt
Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @BenceAthwart
Vicki Alger, Ph.D. is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, working on a book examining the history of the U.S. @vickiealgerphd

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