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School Choice in D.C.


The program leaves some kids out of luck. Say their mother gets married, or gets a raise, and no longer qualifies for assistance, but can’t afford private-school tuition assistance either. Should the mother turn down the proposal or the raise, or pull her child out of school?

Some advocates of the program want to modify the eligibility requirements to address this problem. But a few Republicans are standing in their way.

Yesterday, a group of 14 House Republicans led by Judy Biggert sent a letter to Majority Leader John Boehner expressing their opposition to “provisions. . . that would either raise or eliminate the income eligibility requirements of the D.C. voucher program.” They don’t want budget bills to include any attempts at “expanding controversial private school vouchers.”

Most of the congressmen who signed the letter are moderates, including Todd Platts, Rob Simmons, Sherry Boehlert, Frank LoBiondo, Jim Saxton, and Phil English. Two of them, Simmons and Boehlert, are leaving Congress, but apparently needed to make one last swipe at school choice. Just when I was starting to feel sympathy for moderate Republicans. . .


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