With U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) announcement that he will be retiring from Congress this month, various media outlets are in the process of examining his legacy. While Boehner had an impact on many aspects of U.S. policy, in at least one area he leaves behind a legacy of failure: his private school voucher program in the District of Columbia.
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said recently that he plans to advocate for a new federal school voucher program.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Cantor said he wants to “create some type of competitive mechanisms” for education, but did not offer any specifics for his plan.
According to The New York Times, Cantor characterized the proposal as a way to help gifted children of struggling single mothers living in poverty get away from under-performing schools.
When Congress created the nation’s only federally funded school voucher program, advocates said the plan would improve the education of some of the poorest urban youths.
Eight years later, it seems clear that things haven’t gone as planned.