New House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) will introduce a bill tomorrow breathing life back into the DC school voucher program, recently phased out by Congress.
Democrats pushed successfully in the previous Congress to prevent re-authorization of the program, which provides up to $7,500 yearly toward tuition in private schools, including religious schools.
As a compromise, legislators approved an Obama proposal to allow about 1,700 children then currently receiving vouchers to continue getting them through high school. But no new students have were admitted to the program for the 2009 and 2010 school years.
School vouchers that send taxpayer money to religious institutions is a bad idea, repeatedly rejected by voters at the ballot box across the country. Congress was right to begin the process of ending the program.