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(Washington Post) — The House approved a bill Wednesday to revive the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, even as the controversial school-choice measure faces an uncertain future.  Under the program, which began in 2004, low-income D.C. students are given federal money to help pay for private school tuition. Democrats closed the program to new entrants in 2009. House Speaker John A. Boehner’s bill — known as the SOAR Act — would reopen it, offering $20 million annually for five years for new scholarships, along with another $20 million apiece for D.C. charter schools and traditional D.C. public schools. Boehner’s bill passed the House on a 225 to 195 vote, with all but nine Republicans present voting in favor and all but one Democrat opposed. Now it faces a steep climb in the Senate, where Democratic leaders are opposed and unlikely to bring it up as a stand-alone bill.  President Obama weighed in Tuesday, issuing a statement through the Office of Management and Budget saying that he “strongly opposes expanding the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and opening it to new students.” Notably, Obama did not threaten to veto the bill, suggesting that the administration may be willing to consent on this front if Republicans compromise during negotiations on a broader education reform package.

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