Obama Budget Would End DC School Vouchers

11:46 AM, Feb 14, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's budget proposal includes no new funding for a private school voucher program for District of Columbia students.

The nation's capital is the only jurisdiction where federal tax dollars are used to subsidize private-school tuition. Needy students can receive up to $12,000 a year to attend private schools of their choice.

At the Obama administration's urging, Congress agreed in 2009 to phase out the program. But it was revived last year as part of a budget deal with House Republicans.

House Speaker John Boehner is a big proponent of the voucher program and is likely to try to get the funding reinstated. Students already participating in the program would be allowed to continue under Obama's budget.

Many Democrats say the money would be better spent on public schools.





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