Friday, February 17, 2012

What's the Word on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Funding Failure?

After the story broke that thePresident’s budget did not include funding for the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, folks in Washington and all around the country had a lot to say about it.  Here’s what elected officials, talking heads, bloggers, and everyone else is saying about the President going back on his word:

Very disappointed to see Pres. budget zeroes out funding for DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

I am committed to ensuring that this valuable program gets the support it needs and deserves from Congress.

Unacceptable: president’s budget zeroes out funding for successful DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

The advocate in me is angry, the mother in me is disheartened, and the citizen in me is saddened that one again this Administration has chosen to stand with special interests groups and not with the children who need him to stand for them.

What we do this year is consistent with our budget proposals of the last three years -- we support funding so the kids now in the program can stay in the program but, otherwise, winding it down.

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama spoke about the importance of kids staying in school and even urged states to raise the dropout age to 18. So it's passing strange that his new $3.8 trillion budget provides no new money for a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., that is producing significantly higher graduation rates than the D.C. public school average.

Obama has removed the entire $13 million for this program in his FY2013 budget proposal, a move that his union supporters in the National Education Association will cheer, but which will create despair among parents whose children will once again be denied access to school choice in Washington D.C.
            Edward Morrissey, The Fiscal Times

Obama Budget kills DC Opportunity Scholarship Program getting inner-city kids out of failed schools.

Obama's budget: Subsidies for the Chevy Volt, but not for the DC Opportunity Scholarship.

President Obama breaks his word on funding DC Scholarship Program for low-income students.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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