Opponents of DC School Voucher Program Can’t Get Facts Straight

In a sweeping victory for school choice, a bill to reauthorize and expand the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) passed in the U.S. House last Wednesday. During what turned out to be an at times intense debate on the House floor prior to the vote, legislators spoke passionately about the DCOSP. Unfortunately, some Democrats who stood in opposition to the program didn’t seem to get their facts straight.

For example, Representative George Miller (D–CA) proclaimed: “There are a number of concerns about this [DCOSP] bill. First, and most importantly, the program does not help the students succeed.”

Similarly, Representative Mazie Hirono (D–HI) called it a “failed private school voucher program.”

Yet researchers report just the opposite. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found that 91 percent of DCOSP students graduate high school, compared to only 70 percent of their peers with similar characteristics. (Contrast this with the 56 percent graduation rate at D.C. public schools.)



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