Finally, an election evolution that puts President Barack Obama on the side of the angels.
From the Washington Post:
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), the authors of legislation that reauthorized and expanded the Opportunity Scholarship Program, said they had reached an agreement with the White House to ensure that enrollment in the program can grow and that parents can apply to have their children stay in or join the program and get a response as soon as possible.
“I’m pleased that an agreement has been reached to expand the program, consistent with the law already on the books,” Boehner said, praising the scholarships as “both effective and cost-effective.”
How cost-effective? The price of a D.C. Opportunity Scholarship is $8,000 per year. The cost of educating the same child in the D.C. public school system is $18,000 per year.
Here’s a Heritage Foundation graph showing how much the D.C. school voucher program costs federal taxpayers:
So, not only are kids receiving D.C. school vouchers getting the education their parents want; they’re doing it for less than half of what it would cost if the vouchers didn’t exist.
Let’s hope President Obama evolves to the point where every D.C. child gets an Opportunity Scholarship. They – and the taxpayers – will be better off.