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  • VIDEO: Speaker Boehner Makes the Case for School Choice in D.C.


    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is out with a new video that highlights the significance of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides low-income students with a scholarship to attend a private school. Today the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the SOAR Act, which restores funding that President Obama and Democrats eliminated.

    Boehner’s video highlights the congressional testimony of Lesly Alvarez, an eight-grade student who is benefiting from a scholarship at Sacred Heart School. Lesly shared her story about the program before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee earlier this month.

    “The Opportunity Scholarship Program has been a miracle for me and hundreds of other students just like me,” Lesly testified. She pleaded with the program’s critics to give other students like her a chance to escape the crime-ridden and under-performing public schools in the District of Columbia.

    The measure is expected to easily win approval in the Republican-controlled House, but the Senate will present a bigger obstacle, despite having Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) as the bill’s lead champion. Boehner acknowledged that fact in the video. However, he said there’s no better issue to achieve bipartisan education reform.

    “Despite its proven success, the program faces an uncertain future,” Boehner said. “You see, the education establishment in America is opposed to greater competition in our school systems. They regard it as a threat when in reality it’s an opportunity to raise the bar.”

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    2 Responses to VIDEO: Speaker Boehner Makes the Case for School Choice in D.C.

    1. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Don't get me wrong, I love Speaker Boehner, but it actually is "a threat" to the Progressive Agenda for students to escape Indoctrination in the Public School. Progressives meant to "Socialize" rather than to Educate, it was in their Taxonomy Of Educational Objectives to prepare Americans for a "Post Industrial Era." That is Junk Science! There never will be and never was such a thing as a post industrial nation. We have tried for Fifty Years to get Vouchers for School Choice! I think it was DC's intent to destroy the Opportunity Scholarship Program because it proves the legal Damages we Conservatives need to Prosecute the Progressives for wrecking the School System.

      I think it is a High Crime what the Department of Education has done to wreck American Education. So we should defund and Abolish the Department for Conspiracy to Treason. The House can do that instead of grinding away of a Budget that Demo-crats set up "Walking Away" from their Constitutional duties. Don't waste your time on this fight, cut the Budget by abolishing Six of Obama's favorite Dictatorships, as Unconstitutional Forms of Government! The High Crimes are there, just use them Speaker Boehner!

    2. Bobbie says:

      Good for you Leslie!

      I was under the impression tuition aid was donated by corporations? …not government. With the hand of government comes government regulations. Is vouchered education exempt?

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