This evening, Catholic school graduate and advocate John Boehner will hear the State of the Union Address from the Speaker’s box for the first time. In an inspiring show of support for the good work of Catholic schools and of school-choice initiatives such as the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), Speaker Boehner will be joined in his first Speaker’s box by Catholic school teachers, students, and parents.
Among these will be John P. Kelly, a first-year ACE teacher
, and Michael Thomasian, a graduate of ACE’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program
. The group will be joined also by Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and school-choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford, head of D.C. Parents for School Choice.
An article published by National Review Online
highlights Speaker Boehner's tireless support of school choice programs such as the OSP and emphasizes, "The presence of Wuerl, Ford, students, parents, and teachers will underscore the Speaker's commitment to not only these scholarships but a bipartisan effort to continue them in the 112th Congress."
The article includes biographies of Kelly, Thomasian, and their students and fellow educators. Read to the bottom for a touching message to Congress, penned by eighth grader and Opportunity Scholarship recipient Lesly Alvarez, encouraging the continuation of the OSP.
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