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A Little Early Budget News on the D.C. Voucher Program

By Alyson Klein — May 06, 2009 1 min read

So it looks like President Obama is going to propose extending the D.C. voucher program, just for the kids currently enrolled, in his fiscal year 2010 budget, to be released tomorrow.

Politically, it’s probably a smart move. The administration will avoid stories and commentaries about kids, including a couple of Sasha and Malia’s classmates at Sidwell Friends School, getting booted from their desks.

But it should put an interesting twist on the debate over reauthorizing the voucher program. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Independent Democrat from Connecticut, has said he will hold hearings on whether or not to renew the program, which is set to sunset this year.