Nearly 75 percent of Washington, D.C. residents supported school vouchers in a new poll; 68 percent of residents oppose Congress’ effort to end the federally funded program. Under the Opportunity Scholarship Program, low-income children who win a lottery have been eligible for scholarships up to $7,500, which can be used at private schools of their parents’ choice.
If given a choice, 70 percent of District parents say they’d send their children to private or public charter schools rather than to traditional public schools.
Last month, a majority of D.C. council members petitioned Education Secretary Arne Duncan to reverse his decision to rescind 216 scholarships awarded to new students starting school in the fall. He did agree to let current voucher students continue in their schools till graduation.
By the time parents learned of the decision, most of the city’s charter schools had no more space. Ninety percent of the students who lost their scholarships “are assigned to attend failing public schools,” concludes a review by D.C. Children First, reports the Washington Post.