Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Trump: 'Everybody knows who the whistleblower is' Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-Ky.) said Monday that the U.S. education system is “broken” and that more competition and choice would improve it.

“Parents should have a role and a voice when it comes to their child’s education,” Paul said. “By nurturing the ideals of choice and individual freedom, we can find education solutions that direct our children toward success.”

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The comments from Paul, who is seen as a contender for the presidency in 2016, come ahead of roundtable discussions on school choice he will be hosting next week in Chicago and Milwaukee.

“These roundtable discussions will focus on raising standards, adding competition and strengthening our nation’s education system — a system that is broken,” Paul said. “We hope these discussions will begin the process of finding a solution.”

Paul serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and has advocated that the federal government leave education matters to states and parents.

Democrats argue there need to be federal standards and assistance to ensure all children are getting a decent education.

Paul says parents should be allowed to us the federal money provided for educating their children toward private or charter schooling, rather than the funds going to just public schools.