Reauthorization bill introduced

Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Boehner (R-OH), Issa (R-CA), and McKeon (R-CA) continued to provide hope to thousands of low-income families by introducing a bill that would reauthorize the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.  This action continues the process that will be necessary in order for the program to begin accepting new students.  The bill will face an uphill battle in the largely-Democratic House, and the fact that the bill is sponsored by three Republicans might not provide much enticement for bipartisan support.

Still, public and media attention on the issue–not to mention the increasingly loud voices of DC parents–may add pressure to those on both sides of the aisle.  Boehner, the House Republican Leader, emphasized his hope that his fellow Congressmen will focus on the best interest of low-income children and their families:

All year long, the students served by the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program have been caught in the middle of a political fight about whether to continue this successful program … We know where Washington, D.C. parents stand on this issue: they want the program to continue. … On behalf of the children who have been given a chance to attend a high-quality school thanks to this innovative program, let’s take politics out of this issue and pass this legislation with bipartisan support.”

Click here to read press releases by Boehner, Issa, and McKeon.

A copy of the bill can be downloaded by clicking here.  (For those of you who haven’t spent much time perusing House legislation, the first couple of pages are surprisingly interesting.)


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