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Protests For School Vouchers Precede President's Speech

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Protesting parents and community leaders were voicing their displeasure over the president's lack of support for school vouchers.

Congress left funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program out of the budget. That meant in April, the vouchers of about 200 children were rescinded. Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous says the President is sacrificing vouchers to gain support from teacher's unions. "I think the right to a high-quality education is the last civil rights issue of America," said Chavous.

Protesters stood toe-to-toe with police in front of the main entrance of the U.S. Department of Education, but were not arrested, as Chavous made an announcement to the crowd, saying "We don't need to be handcuffed to be validated, do we? Y'all need to take the handcuffs off these babies in this city." He says the coalition of parents' groups will continue to protest the cuts.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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