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  • Federal Report: D.C. School Voucher Program Improves Reading Scores

    The U.S. Department of Education’s released a report today presenting the finding of an academic evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. It found that, after three years, students who were offered vouchers to go to private school through the program had made statistically significant gains in reading achievement.

    Specifically, the IES report found that “those offered a scholarship were performing at statistically higher levels in reading—equivalent to 3.1 months of additional learning.” Like previous evaluations, it also found that “the [Opportunity Scholarship Program] had a positive impact overall on parents’ reports of school satisfaction and safety…”

    The report is accessible here.

    As regular readers of The Foundry will recall, Congress inserted language in the recently-enacted Omnibus bill that placed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program on tract to end after the next school year unless Congress (and the D.C. City Council) authorizes the program.

    Key members of Congress, including California Senator Diane Feinstein, have said that the results of this academic evaluation should determine whether Congress renews the program.

    In the wake of this report, Members of Congress and the Obama administration must now answer a simple question: do they really want to terminate a $14 million program that is improving the reading achievement of low-income, minority children in the nation’s capital?

    Instead of ending this program, Congress and the administration should now be looking to expand it to let many more D.C. children have the opportunity to attend a safe and effective school of their parents’ choice.

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    7 Responses to Federal Report: D.C. School Voucher Program Improves Reading Scores

    1. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      But, but, but…(snivel).… If we just had MORE money, OUR students would have the same advantages that those RICH, WHITE, REPUBLICAN kids would have. I give twenty-four hours before we hear the rants again. They cannot allow evidence of their failed policies. Their entire belief system falls with failed education. Mark my words.

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    3. John Clancy says:

      Are not the educational institutions, funded by taxpayers (government institutions), a major reason why we have many of the problems that are distroying our basic institutions like marriage and the family; why relativism pushes the idea that there is no right and wrong; why equality means that Iran or Cuba or N. Korea are as good as the United States; why tolerance means that same-sex liasons are the same as traditional marriage; why globalism and equality mean that the constitution of the E.U. is as good as our own? We are reaping this kind of thinking from the seeds planted in our schools and universities. And WE keep paying for this!

    4. Ross, Bradenton, F says:

      First off, I don't believe that the federal government should be in the education business. However, if money must be spent, the OSP has been money well spent by all reports I've read and should continue. However, the program makes the liberals and teacher unions (Why government employees need a trade union is beyond my comprehension)look bad. So they had to get rid of the program no matter the cost. The liberals(be they Socialist Democrats, Republicans, or Independent)and the teacher unions only want to keep the poor(majority black) Americans "down on the plantation" ignorant and voting Socialist Democrat. Batuimus!

    5. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      The Teachers Unions will fight this all the way,so

      while we are in the mood to get other Unions to

      make Consessions,this would also be a start!

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