Posts Tagged ‘dc’

Tiahrt message: Tiahrt Leads Effort to Reduce DC Abortion Rate

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Tiahrt:

WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) led Republican efforts to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions in Washington, D.C. Tiahrt’s amendment would reinstate a 14-year-old prohibition on publicly-funded abortions that Democrats stripped this year at the request of President Obama.

The provision, commonly referred to as the ‘Dornan Amendment’ was offered by Tiahrt and U.S. Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN) during the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Services bill. Despite strong Republican support, it was defeated on a largely party-line vote.

“When given the opportunity this week, Democrat appropriators voted to allow the District of Columbia to use public funding for abortions without limitations. The door is now open for American taxpayers to pay for abortions, even into the ninth month of pregnancy. This was the wrong decision and one that is contrary to the will of the American people.”

Tiahrt cited a recent study showing nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund or subsidize abortions.

Heritage: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Heritage Foundation:

With the 111th Congress scheduled to consider its reauthorization, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) may be in jeopardy. But a new evaluation highlights how the DCOSP is benefiting families, adding to the reasons why Congress and the Obama Administration should continue this successful program.

Program Background

The DCOSP was passed by Congress in January 2004. The program, which provided more than 1,700 children with scholarships of up to $7,500 in 2008 to attend a private school of their choice, has repeatedly shown improved family satisfaction and increased parental involvement. Since 2004, approximately 7,200 children have applied for spots in the program, or about four applicants for each available scholarship.[1]

The program has served as an alternative for families with children underserved by the D.C. public school system. Although the District spends far above the national per-pupil average ($14,400), D.C. students lag well behind the academic achievement of their peers nationwide, and only slightly more than half of students graduate.[2]

Dems Want D.C. Vouchers Dead

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Congressional Democrats continue to show more concern to teachers unions than the cycle of poverty resulting from DC’s government-run schools.

Cato:

…it puts the program on life support, and it suggests that Congress is hoping the DC Council will pull the plug for them, so that they can’t be directly blamed for kicking 1,900 children out of private schools that they have chosen and become attached to.

Critics of the program complain that, after its first two years, it had still not raised overall student academic achievement by a significant margin (though parents are happier with their voucher schools). What is less well known is that the program has proven to be dramatically more cost effective than the DC public schools. While voucher and non-voucher students are performing at about the same level, DC public schools spend more than four times as much per student. Total per pupil spending in DC was $24,600 in 2007-08, while voucher schools receive an average of less than $6,000.

If you could save 75 percent on a purchase, get the same quality of service, and know you’d be happier with the result, wouldn’t you do it? It seems Congressional Democrats would not.

Video: Senate unconstitutionally approves a congressional seat to DC

Monday, March 2nd, 2009