CitizenLink: Obama budget proposal eliminates family-friendly education programs

by Karla Dial

Education advocates cried foul this week when the Obama administration revealed its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 -- one that cancels all federal funding for a popular school choice program in the District of Columbia and abstinence education programs nationwide.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has, since 2003, given low-income children in the District the opportunity to escape the failing public schools to which they've been assigned by ZIP code in order to attend the private school of their parents' choice. The nation's first federally funded school choice program, it boasts a 91 percent high school graduation rate, compared to only 70 percent citywide among children with similar backgrounds.

Meanwhile, the president took a 20:1 funding disparity between condom-based sex-education programs and abstinence education programs, and made it 100:0....

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