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Obama ends funding of Opportunity Scholarship Program in FY 2015 budget

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Yesterday, President Obama visited Powell Elementary, a DCPS bilingual school that won Fight for Children's Quality Schools Award in 2012 and that participates with the organization's Joe's Champs initiative for training teachers and principals in early childhood education.

Also on Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Washington Yu Ying, a public charter school providing language immersion in English and Mandarin.

These events were only the beginning of news featuring the abundance of school choice available in the nation's capital. The D.C. Council, without debate, went ahead and gave final approval to education committee chairman Catania's Promise Program which provides up to $7,500 a year for students to attend college. And there's more. The President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget, released while all of this was going on, increases DC TAG to $40 million from last year's $30 million that offers up to $10,000 for kids in the nation's capital to attend public universities across the country or $2,500 a year to enroll in private schools of higher education in the District or historically black colleges.

With all of these exciting events we should start up the band and pop open the Champagne, right? Well, not exactly. You see in keeping with all Federal budgets introduced by this President, Mr. Obama cannot seem to find a penny to continue the Opportunity Scholarship Program, our local private school voucher plan.

I wonder if while Mr. and Mrs. Obama had their motorcades jetting across town they stopped at their own children's school Sidwell Friends? But I'm sure they did not. For they might have accidentally bumped into disadvantaged students able to attend this prestigious private school through the OSP. Better to keep things on a positive note and just return to the White House.



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