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Tina Nazerian in our Washington Bureau is reporting that at a rally for National School Choice Week on Capitol Hill today, House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., re-iterated his longtime support for allowing parents to use tax dollars to send their children to private schools, saying that “education ought to be the civil right of the 21st century.”

You can watch Boehner’s address here.

“My story is pretty simple: I’m a regular guy with a big job,” said Boehner, a former chairman of the House Education & the Workforce Committee. “I’ve got 11 brothers and sisters, grew up working at my dad’s bar. And my parents sent all 12 of us to Catholic schools – I don’t know how they managed it, but I owe everything to that opportunity.”

Boehner said he wanted to help make sure every student has the same chance he did, adding that “ because education is the great equalizer in America – it can lift up kids who would slip through the cracks.”


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