Knuckling under on D.C.’s voucher program

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Originally Posted – The Washington Post

By: The Editorial Board


DEL. ELEANOR Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) trumpeted the sweeping spending bill that passed Congress this week as a “major victory ” for the District. We are glad that efforts to nullify a local antidiscrimination law were staved off and that there are increased funds for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program. However, the failure to include a measure that would have safeguarded millions of dollars in funding for public education in the city is both disappointing and exasperating. For that, the District can thank its supposed allies on the hill, the Democrats. Click here to read more

A misguided attack on D.C.’s needy students

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Originally Published: The Washington Post

By: Editorial Board

October 20, 2015

IS THE federally funded scholarship program for poor D.C. families being forced on an unwilling city? It is safe to say that thousands of D.C. parents whose children are on the waiting list for a scholarship do not think so. Nor, we would venture, do the 6,100 children, predominantly minorities, who have used the scholarships to attend private schools. For that matter, students in the city’s public schools who have benefited from the infusion of federal dollars that has accompanied the voucher program probably would not embrace the argument either. Click here to read more

School Choice is Not a Partisan Issue

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By: Kevin Chavous

March 30,  2011

Seventy-four percent of people rarely agree on anything.

In a Pew poll in September, for instance, not even 60 percent of Americans could correctly name Joe Biden as the vice president. But here in Washington, there is overwhelming consensus on something: education reform. More specifically — the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program  Click here to read more

Scholarships awarded for 234 new students to attend a D.C. private school in the 2016-17 school year under the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

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Washington, DC (June 3, 2016) — Serving Our Children announced today they have awarded 234 new scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. For the current 2015-16 school year, 1244 students are receiving scholarships to attend a private school in the District, and most of these students will continue to receive scholarships under the program next year. Sixty percent of these families receive SNAP and/or TANF benefits.