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In the Green Room: Virginia Walden-Ford Schools Obama and Education Secretary Duncan

Posted By Gerrit Lansing On December 9, 2009 @ 3:41 pm In Education | Comments Disabled

Congress is expected to soon approve legislation that threatens to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program—the federal school voucher program that has helped thousands of disadvantaged children attend a safe and effective school of their parents’ choice [1]. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program has proven to be highly popular and effective. A federal evaluation published by the Department of Education reported that students receiving scholarships made statistically significant improvement in reading [2] achievement compared to their peers who remained in public school. A broad, bipartisan coalition—including a majority if the D.C. city council—has called on Congress to continue the scholarship program [3].


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[1] helped thousands of disadvantaged children attend a safe and effective school of their parents’ choice: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/27/save-the-children%e2%80%94in-washington-dc/

[2] made statistically significant improvement in reading: http://www.foundry.org/2009/09/23/charter-students-outperform-their-traditional-public-school-peers/

[3] A broad, bipartisan coalition—including a majority if the D.C. city council—has called on Congress to continue the scholarship program: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/017/312ceugw.asp

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