This is astounding, and it is the Republican Congress that rescued the funding for this in the budget deal that everyone is hammering.
Obama is so pro-union that he has sued to stop educational opportunities in Louisiana and literally took the money out of the FY 2013 budget for education programs in Washington D.C. (after Republicans re-funded it in 2011)!
In August, Obama’s Justice Department Filed Suit To Block Louisiana From Awarding Vouchers To Students In At Least 22 Districts Without A Court Order. “The Justice Department said Louisiana has given vouchers this school year to students in at least 22 districts remaining under desegregation orders. It’s asking the court, starting with the 2014-15 school year, to permanently block the state from awarding vouchers in districts that are under desegregation orders, unless those districts seek court approval. Louisiana lawmakers approved a voucher program in 2008 for low-income New Orleans students who were in failing schools. The Louisiana Scholarship Program was later expanded statewide. It allows children in school districts graded C, D or F to receive public money to attend private schools.” (“Justice Dept. Tries To Stop La. School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 8/25/13)
- The Washington Post, On The Justice Department’s Actions: “A Misguided Suit That Would Block These Disadvantaged Students From Getting The Better Educational Opportunities They Are Due.” “Nine of 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools are black. All are poor and, if not for the state assistance, would be consigned to low-performing or failing schools with little chance of learning the skills they will need to succeed as adults. So it’s bewildering, if not downright perverse, for the Obama administration to use the banner of civil rights to bring a misguided suit that would block these disadvantaged students from getting the better educational opportunities they are due.” (Editorial, “Justice Department Bids To Trap Poor, Black Children In Ineffective Schools,” The Washington Post, 9/1/13)
The D.C Opportunity Scholarship Program Allows Low-Income District Of Columbia Children To Attend Private Schools.“House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced Monday that the Education Department has agreed to fully implement the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income District families to use federal vouchers of up to $12,000 annually to attend private schools.” (Editorial, “A Deal On School Vouchers That Helps D.C. Families,”The Washington Post, 6/20/12)
- In 2009, Obama Urged The Democrat Controlled Congress To End The Voucher Program. “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.”(“Obama Budget Proposal Includes No New Funding For DC Private-School Vouchers,”The Associated Press, 2/14/12)
- Obama’s FY 2013 Budget “[Requested] Zero Funding For The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program” Despite “A Majority Of D.C. Residents Favor[ing] It.” “Mr. Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget requests zero funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income D.C. families to attend private schools with federal vouchers of up to $12,000 annually. It has proved popular and successful. More than 10,000 families have sought to participate since the program’s start in 2004, and polls show a majority of D.C. residents favor it.” (Editorial, “Who Will Rescue The D.C. Voucher Program This Time?” The Washington Post, 4/10/12)