The Washington Post editorial board weighed in this morning on the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to block full implementation of the highly-successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and deny new students access to the program. Titled “ D.C. children left in the lurch,” the editorial cites the importance of the program to underprivileged children in the District of Columbia: “The nonprofit that administers the District’s program of federally funded school vouchers held two open houses to solicit interest from low-income families for the upcoming school year. The response was overwhelming; nearly 1,200 new applications were received. Most applicants are likely to end up disappointed because of a misguided decision by the Obama administration to effectively deny new students access to the successful program. … “Now is the time that families are making decisions about schools for the fall. Unless Mr. Obama and Mr. Duncan are intent on denying hundreds of underprivileged D.C. students the chance for a quality education, they should work with Mr. Boehner to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of this important program.” As we stated in this post yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week to press him on fully implementing the law, known as the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act . That meeting followed a letter they sent to President Obama in March pressing him and the administration to expedite implementation of the program and provide program access to new students. Yet today the Obama Administration continues to deny access to a lasting, quality education to hundreds of underprivileged children in the District of Columbia. They deserve better.
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Washington Post Editorial Board Challenges Obama Administration to Stop Denying Opportunity Scholarships to Poor D.C. Kids