More than 1,000 Washington, D.C. students are using $7,500 vouchers to attend private schools. Most are in parochial elementary schools. About 20 percent of students awarded vouchers are not using them, reports the Washington Post.
After a lengthy application process, 1,359 low-income students were notified in June that they had won grants of as much as $7,500 a year to pay for private school tuition and fees, contingent on their acceptance by a participating school. Since then, the families of 290 students have dropped out or not responded to efforts by program administrators to reach them.
The remaining students include 1,013 who have been placed in private schools and 56 who are still being matched with schools. Of the 1,013 students placed, more than half are attending schools run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, which had the first day of classes yesterday.
. . . Schools that charge more than $7,500 a year in tuition are making up the difference through private grants.
Elementary students were able to find private school slots; demand exceeds supply for middle and high school students.