Boehner: A Leader on School Choice

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House Minority Leader John Boehner (R–OH) made quite a statement on Monday when, on his first day back in office post-elections, he took time out to meet with parents and children enrolled in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). In doing so, Boehner sent a clear signal to D.C. families of his support for school choice in the nation’s capital. A statement released on Boehner’s blog noted:

Boehner, a former chairman of the House Education & the Workforce Committee, reaffirmed his commitment to renewing the DC OSP despite concerted efforts by education reform opponents to end the program. … The meeting came more than a year after education reform opponents in Washington first tried to terminate this successful scholarship program. … The Obama Administration announced its intent to phase out the program by denying any new participants, and 216 students who had been slated to receive scholarships for the 2009–10 school year had those awards taken away. (more…)