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President's Budget Zeroes Out Funding for Successful DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

February 14, 2012

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about the importance of students staying in school and graduating, which is certainly critical to making our economy more competitive.  His new budget, however, zeroes out funding for the successful DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which is currently helping more than 1,600 underprivileged students gain access to a quality education.  The Obama administration has tried in the past to terminate the program, only to be thwarted time and again by a bipartisan, grassroots Read More

Speaker Boehner Celebrates National School Choice Week

January 26, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today to mark National School Choice Week: Read More

Speaker Boehner Calls For House to Renew D.C. School Choice Program

March 30, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 471, legislation renewing the bipartisan, successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which has helped thousands of disadvantaged students gain access to a quality education. Read More

Democrats Kill School Choice in the Nation's Capital

May 11, 2009

Despite promises to "fund what works," President Obama signed a bill earlier this year which effectively kills the DC Opportunity Scholarships Program, a popular school choice program started by Congress in 2004.  The President has said he will extend the program until all current participants graduate from high school, but will not accept any new applicants, The Washington Post reported last week. More than 2,000 students have been able to attend one of the D.C. Read More

Boehner: School Choice Program "Making a Real Difference for Disadvantaged Students in Our Nation's Capital"

June 15, 2008

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today pointed to the progress made by low-income Washington, D.C. students participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, as highlighted in a new report released this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Education.  Notably, the report detailed reading gains made by students participating in the program and also underscored continued high parental satisfaction with the program and with the safety of their children’s new schools. Read More

Boehner Raps Congress for Cutting Kids' Reading Programs While Spending Billions on Earmarks

March 05, 2008

In a speech today to the National Urban League’s annual legislative policy conference, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) questioned a recent decision by Congress to cut the bipartisan Reading First initiative by hundreds of millions of dollars while simultaneously earmarking billions of taxpayer dollars for politicians’ pet projects. Read More

House Democrats' Top 100 Broken Promises

June 28, 2007

At the six-month mark of the new majority, the following report takes a look at House Democrats’ Top 100 Broken Promises – and how those broken promises have led to little, if any, accomplishments of note and a record of failure that has undermined the confidence of the American people in this Congress. Read More