Boehner Invites D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Students to Watch State of the Union

As Politico reported, Speaker Boehner’s guests at the State of the Union address tonight “include a student, parent and teacher from each of the four D.C. Catholic schools that participate” in D.C.’s landmark school choice program. This is the successful, bipartisan program the “president and congressional Democrats have thus far refused to renew,” notes National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. But tomorrow, in the middle of National School Choice Week, Speaker Boehner will introduce legislation to change that. Here’s the story:
  • "On Wednesday, Mr. Boehner, a school-choice stalwart, plans to introduce legislation to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, which the Obama administration and Democratic-led 111thCongress began phasing out in 2009. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut independent and another longtime [school choice] supporter, is expected to introduce legislation on the Senate side." (Boehner to seek revival of D.C. vouchers program, Washington Times, 1/25/11)
  • Boehner is presenting the bill as an opportunity for bipartisanship. 'If the president is sincere about working together on education reform, we should start by saving this successful, bipartisan program that has helped so many underprivileged children get a quality education,' the speaker said in a statement." (Boehner to propose school vouchers in D.C., Washington Post, 1/25/11)
  • "The program was created in 2004, offering scholarship recipients $7,500 to use at private schools. D.C. public schools, in contrast, spend $15,000 per pupil each year for some of the worst schools in America. [Education Secretary Arne Duncan's] own department found that scholarship participants achieved the largest gains of 11 programs it studied. And independent studies from Georgetown University and the University of Arkansas confirmed parents’ satisfaction." (Boehner’s Bold Challenge to Obama on School Choice, BigGovernment.com, 1/25/11)

Learn more about Boehner’s guests here. And stay tuned for more information on the State of the Union, the GOP Address to the Nation by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Boehner’s efforts to save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program.