Not necessarily. There’s an effort underway in Congress to restore the program’s funding. House Speaker John Boehner is sponsoring the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act, designed to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It has already passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and soon will be up for a full floor vote.
Committee members heard from numerous parents and students testifying in its favor. “This program has worked, is still working, and will continue to work,” said Ronald Holassie, a high-school senior with an OSP scholarship. “Now being a young adult, taking on my own responsibilities, I have certainly been greatly influenced by this program. I can look back and credit this program for my success.”
That’s really what school choice is about -- giving kids a chance to learn in a safe environment with good teachers, so they can go on to achieve that success. Some day, people will “look back” on how today’s politicians responded to this crisis. What grade will they deserve?