Public hearing set for May 13

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will begin discussion of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program’s future on Wednesday, May 13, with a public hearing titled, “The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Preserving School Choice for All.”  The hearing is open to the public and will be a great chance for any parental choice supporters in the Washington, DC, area to get involved and see the process in person.  (It will likely also be on CSPAN.)

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00am in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building (see map here).  Those who haven’t been to a hearing before should know that they often fill up quickly, so plan on getting there early and be ready to be patient.  A staff member for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the chairman of the committee, suggested arriving by 9:45am to get a seat, but others have said the line might start forming a couple hours earlier.

This and future hearings will be extremely important, because even though President Obama has announced a budget that would keep current scholarship recipients in the program through their high school graduations, no new students will be allowed into the program unless Congress reauthorizes the DC OSP and local officials approve it.  The Washington Post’s latest editorial urges that the program be extended:

It is to President Obama’s credit that he wants to uphold the right of fledging poet Carlos Battle and 1,715 other voucher recipients not to have their educations disrupted. We can’t help but wish, though, that other needy students would get the same opportunity of choice.”

Read the editorial here.


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