The GOP. Really, you ask? You thought they were all about hate and decimating education and they couldn’t care two winks about minorities. Think again.
In 2009, the Senate democrats voted to close the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program to new students thereby sounding a death knell for it once all its current students graduate high school. DC residents and GOP congressional members opposed their effort but have struggled to get the democrat majority in Congress to fund it and re-open it.
Last year, the GOP led House was able to reauthorize the program only to have President Obama choose not to fund it in his budget request – possibly leaving over 1,200 students at the mercy of the failing DC public school system.
Under pressure by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), President Obama let go of his opposition to the program and signed the long term continuing resolution that included funding for the scholarship program.
While the NEA fought to oppose this program (as it possibly takes money away from their precious union), their claims that students didn’t improve under it are patently false. And look at the other benefits the program engendered.
It will be interesting come election time if the voters of DC – particularly those in this program – remember who pushed and fought for this program and who opposed it. It will be interesting to see if the democrats try to spin this into a victory for Obama in helping this program. Finally, it will be interesting to see if the republicans use this program as an example of the democrats’ failures.
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