These people can extend parental choice to the poor in D.C.
Write them, call them – reach out!
Now that the long-term survival of the DC parental choice program is contingent upon Congressional reauthorization, it is more important than ever that you call or write your representatives to let them know how you feel about the issue. Please contact the people with the power to help who are listed below.
- Adrian M. Fenty, Mayor, D.C.
- As the Mayor of D.C., Adrian Fenty plays a particularly important role in the re-authorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
- Secretary Duncan seems to support letting the program phase out by grandfathering the current scholarship recipients. We need to let the secretary know that he should support the long-term health of the program.
- Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL
- Senator Durbin is the author of the language in the recent omnibus spending bill that puts the program in jeopardy. A graduate of Catholic schools and a parent who chose Catholic schools for his ownkids, Senator Durbin needs to know that any efforts he can make to save the DC OSP would be enormously helpful.
- Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-CA
- Senator Feinstein’s support of the DC OSP helped ensure its creation in 2004, and we need to let her know that we’re counting on her continued support for the program that she helped establish.
- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA
- Senator Landrieu is ostensibly opposed to parental choice though she has expressed some reservations about ending this program. Let her know that we need her support!
- Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-CT
- As chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senator Lieberman will be responsible for holding hearings for the reauthorization of the OSP. He has so far been supportive of the program, and we need to thank him for his support and encourage him to continue working for the families served by the OSP.
- Sen. Evan Bayh, D-IN
- ACE 7’s commencement speaker, Senator Bayh has opposed private school choice programs in the past but is supportive of public school choice and charter schools. Please encourage the senator to consider supporting the OSP.
- The US Constitution grants governing authority to Congress for the District of Columbia. This means that every one of our Senators and Congressional Representatives can help save this program. Use the links above to find your representatives’ contact information and email, call, or write them to let them know how you feel about the program.