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Cantor Says Democrats Are Chipping Away At School Choice

In an address on school choice and voucher programs this week, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Barack Obama and others on how they seek to educate the country's children.

Cantor, the number two House Republican, has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government should get out of the way of low income families who want to send their kids to charter schools.

"But right now school choice is under attack," he said.

Cantor criticized the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, for promising to change his city's charter school programs. Cantor also lashed out at President Obama for refusing to include funding for the District's voucher program in his annual budget.

In his speech, Cantor said that the Obama administration was allowing ideology to cloud its judgement on the program, which was created in 2004 and provides federal dollars to low-income children to attend private schools.

"No matter what party or what philosophy we adhere to or come from, we should all leave no doubt that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship will receive the funding and support that it deserves," he said.

Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says Cantor's vision is too narrow.

"I don't know that the solution. In fact I know the solution is not to just abandon our public education system in America," he says.

Connolly says Cantor and House Republicans could show support for low-income students by increasing funding for school nutrition programs and by extending long-term unemployment benefits.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2, 2015

You can plan for dinner and a show (for a cause) or check out a reggae concert.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U-S is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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