With Congressional reauthorization hearings beginning next week, the fight for the DC OSP is stepping into high gear. Over 1,000 parents, students, teachers, and other supporters gathered on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to show their support for the scholarship program.
After hearing from former DC mayor Anthony Williams, current DC scholarship recipients, and other supporters and activists (including recording artist Mya), the sea of yellow T-shirts walked across the street to deliver a petition with 7,000 signatures to Mayor Fenty’s office. The mayor, who supposedly is in favor of the DC OSP, continues to be lukewarm in his vocal support, even turning down an opportunity to speak at the Congressional hearing this Wednesday.
The video and photo postings show a ton of energy and many students at the rally. Here’s hoping it’s just the beginning of a groundswell that will encourage Congress, the President, and local officials to, as the protesters chanted, “Put children first.”
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