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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/16/2011

D.C. school funding at risk over vouchers

By Tim Craig

U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins sternly told District officials Wednesday Congress would cut funding for city schools if efforts to revive the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are not successful.

At a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on the issue, Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Collins (R-Maine) stressed to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) that they and House Republicans are making the restarting of the program a chief priority .
Lieberman, chairman of the committee, said he and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) see the program, a voucher-like initiative that allows students to use federal funds to attend a private school, as central to school reform efforts.

“I think the extra funds that come to D.C. . . . will be in serious jeopardy if the opportunity funding is not in this three-part program” of public and charter schools.

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By Tim Craig  | February 16, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
 
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