Politics & Government

Rand Paul says students should be able to chose schools

FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul said he favors charter schools and allowing students to choose what public neighborhood school they attend during a round-table discussion with three members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Paul, who discussed a variety of topics during the event, also called for repeal of the federal No Child Left Behind testing system and said he favors more local control of schools. He stopped short of calling for elimination of the U.S. Department of Education, as he has done previously on several occasions.

Paul noted that Kentucky lost out on federal funding from the Race to the Top program this summer in part because its application did not include charter schools, which operate outside many of the rules of regular schools. Kentucky had hoped to receive $175 million from the program designed to reward innovative efforts to improve schools.

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