Vouchers for low-income D.C. students?
In the clearest sign yet that the ground has shifted on Capitol Hill for District issues, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined together Wednesday to announce an effort to "save and renew" a controversial school voucher program for D.C. students, D.C. Wire reports.
Boehner, Lieberman and a bipartisan group of prominent co-sponsors are introducing the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, which would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and provide additional funds for District schools, with some conditions attached.
The scholarship program, created in 2004, provided low-income students from the District up to $7,500 to attend private schools. With many Democrats in Congress opposed, the program has been allowed to expire. Current scholarship recipients have been allowed to remain in the program but no new awards have been handed out. The updated version unveiled Wednesday would provide as much as $8,000 annually per recipient for elementary school and $12,000 for high school.
"For years this program has worked well," Boehner said Wednesday, adding that proof of that assertion was on display at Tuesday night's State of the Union address, where students and parents who have benefited from the scholarship program were the speaker's guests.
"The D.C. program provides a model that I think can work well in other areas around the nation," Boehner said.
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