In a recent article by John Gizzi of Newsmax former D.C. Councilman Kevin Chavous bemoans the attempts by the Obama Administration to end private school voucher programs here in Washington, D.C. and in Louisiana. The reporter has Mr. Chavous getting right to the point:
"We have a 97 percent graduation rate for children in the Opportunity Scholarship Program in the District of Columbia, 92 percent college enrollment, and two valedictorians, and our biggest problem is fighting Obama."
Mr. Chavous went on to explain that every Federal budget year the President zeros out funding for the extremely popular Opportunity Scholarship Program but,
"House Speaker John Boehner always has put it back in, according to Chavous.
'John Boehner is our biggest champion in Congress,' Chavous said."
In Louisiana, Mr. Gizzi points out 5,000 students have been awarded vouchers after approximately 8,000 applied. Now the U.S. Justice Department has brought a lawsuit against the plan claiming that it increased segregation in the traditional schools. On this issue Mr. Chavous is no less direct:
"'In other words, this is another stall-and-delay tactic from the very same union that opposes educational choice. And under this lawsuit, only a federal judge should allow a poor black child to leave the failing school district.
'That's right, it's not up to the parent, but a federal judge,' Chavous said."
In standing up boldly to the President he used to support Mr. Chavous is nothing less than a hero to the school choice movement and to those parents fighting for a quality education for their children.