Education Talk vs. Action

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I actually want the president of the United States, whoever he is, to do the right thing. So I sometimes hold out hope (he did campaign on the word, after all). It would have been relatively easy for him to support H.R. 471, the SOAR Act, introduced by the Speaker of the House and Senator Joe Lieberman. 

But today the White House made clear in a statement that it will not take this second-chance voucher to save the winning D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program: “the Administration opposes the creation or expansion of private school voucher programs that are authorized by this bill.”

It’s a missed opportunity for the White House — for bipartisan outreach (the bill is supported by members of both parties) and for civil-rights leadership. Instead, a rejection, from a president who sure did a lot of talking about education during his state of the Union.

The SOAR Act is expected to be voted on in the House tomorrow. 

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