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October 9, 2015

Contact: Patrick Mara                                                                                                 

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, a majority of the DC Council penned a letter to the U.S. Congress opposing $45 million in funding for DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter Schools, and the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program. The DC Republican Party issued the following statement on the DC Council’s latest ideologically foolhardy move:

DC Republican Party Chairman José Cunningham noted of the letter, “I’m astonished.  It’s not too often you have a majority of a legislature opposing funding for public schools, public charter schools, and a voucher program. It makes no sense to refuse $45 million in funding from the federal government for a program that provides scholarships to low-income children in Washington, DC.” He continued, “I’ve said this before – earlier this week in fact – we have a serious problem with group think on the Council, and the lack of analysis and review of critical issues points to the need for a two party or even a multiparty system of government in DC. Nobody takes the DC Council seriously.”  

 Added DC Republican Party Executive Director, Patrick Mara, “It baffles me that these so-called elected representatives oppose $30 million for DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit 90+ schools in the District and I have yet to meet a school leader who would refuse $30 million. It’s disgusting. We have a DC Council that puts their very extreme ideology ahead of poor children. Shame on them.”  

Added Cunningham, “On behalf of Washington, DC’s Republicans, I want to specifically thank the Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) for their continued support of the program.”

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The DC Republican Party Central Committee is made up of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members.

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