Let Me Rise– a 30-minute film produced by The Heritage Foundation about the school choice debate in our nation’s capital and around the country – offers a compelling look at the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program as told through the voices of the children whose educational futures continue to hang in the balance. The film features the personal stories and perspectives of District of Columbia families who are fighting to provide their children with a safe and effective education.

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“Barack Obama & the DC School Voucher Program: The president says he wants to do ‘what’s best for kids.’ So why won’t he save a proven program that helps low-income students?”

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A high school participant in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program asks freshmen members of Congress to support Washington’s life-changing program in the House and Senate.

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Kids Appeal to President Obama

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Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio) introduced H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act.  The bill resuscitates the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a five-year pilot program that Congress created in 2004.  H.R. 471 obliges all participating schools to hold certificates of occupancy from the district, make accreditation information available for parents, maintain adequate finances, and require teachers of core subjects to hold bachelor’s degrees or their equivalent. It also increases scholarships to $8,000 for elementary-school students and $12,000 for high schoolers.   Read More Here.

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