Before voting this week, every member of the House of Representatives should watch the documentary Waiting for Superman. It vividly portrays how our education system is structurally deficient and in need of massive reform. School choice is not the only solution, but it is a part of it. Because the Constitution gives Congress exclusive legislative power over Washington, DC, it has become an important and appropriate laboratory for school choice.
Last week, Heritage Action for America announced the launch of a legislative scorecard in order to highlight important legislative activity and decisions made by lawmakers. I am proud that we chose the SOAR Act, which would give new life to the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, as our first key vote. Fixing our broken school system is not just a domestic policy issue or a fiscal policy issue, it is a moral obligation.
We applaud Speaker Boehner and all DCOSP’s many champions for breathing new life into this important program. Legislation to restore this program is almost certain to pass the House of Representatives.
The Senate could prove challenging, though. A key vote could be Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). In the past, she has favored the program because it was favored by the local DC government. Now, however, the DC government is split, with Mayor Vincent Gray opposing the program and DC Council Chair Kwame Brown supporting the program.
For politicians who are serious about America’s future, this is a no brainer.