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Liberal and Conservative Senators Unite on Bill to Reinstate D.C. School Vouchers
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Friday, July 24, 2009, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington (CNSNews.com) –
A bipartisan group of senators announced Thursday that they plan to introduce legislation to revive the District of Columbia’s recently terminated D.C. Opportunity Scholarship school-voucher program.
“It’s not a liberal or conservative program, it’s a program that puts children first,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference announcing the effort.
“I’m happy to say it’s a program that’s working to give D.C. children, every one of them, a chance at a better education.”
Lieberman was joined by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine); George Voinovich (R-Ohio); former Washington mayor Anthony Williams and former D.C. city councilman Kevin Chavous.
According to Lieberman, the bill would not only keep the program going, it also would allow it to continue taking in more students, including 216 who had been awarded scholarships for the upcoming school year -- only to see them vanish when the program was terminated.
Teachers union can't be happy
Among the strongest critics are public school teacher unions,
most notably the
National Education Association
(the largest labor union in the USA) who has spent millions litigating and
against vouchers for concern that it could erode educational standards
, reduce funding, and
ultimately cost public teachers their jobs as students leave public schools for private schools
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