18th 2008
Will Congress Really Rob 1,900 D.C. Kids of Educational Opportunity?

Posted under Parents & School Choice & Urban Schools

I recently found this disturbing story about a threat to school choice for needy kids way across the country in the District of Columbia:

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is in doubt. This program—which is currently helping 1,900 disadvantaged kids attend private schools—is set to expire next year if Congress doesn’t extend it. The Post reports that D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is championing an effort to kill the program.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program gives low-income students scholarships worth up to $7,500 to attend a private school in the nation’s capital. It has proven widely popular with parents. Since 2004, approximately 7,200 students have applied for scholarships through the program—about 4 applications for each scholarship.

D.C. parent Maritza White tells what school choice has meant to her son

This piece from Dan Lips at the Heritage Foundation documents the success of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, and offers recommendations for improving the program through expanded school choice.

But the best proof that Congress should take its hands off D.C. parents’ educational opportunities comes from a terrific website that lets parents whose kids have benefited from the program tell their own stories. What kind of elected official would want to take away opportunity from these families she is supposed to represent?


3 Responses to “Will Congress Really Rob 1,900 D.C. Kids of Educational Opportunity?”

  1. Ed is Watching » Education Secretary Pleads for More D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Support on 08 Jul 2008 at 11:33 am #

    [...] few weeks ago I told you about the D.C. voucher program that was threatened by Congress. Well, the 1,900 kids who have found [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Five Things the Next President Can Do to Advance Education Reform on 04 Aug 2008 at 7:56 am #

    [...] the D.C. voucher program to make it a national [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » Can’t We Just Get Colorado on the CER Tax Credit Report Card… Please? on 12 Oct 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    [...] Meanwhile, the American Federation of Children has brightened my week with news that the school choice program for needy kids in Washington, D.C., has been reintroduced in Congress. (Okay, I just had to mention it because this issue seems to repeat itself like deja vu all over again, and I’ve been covering it since I was 5 years old 7 years ago.) [...]

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