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    School Choice: Created Equal, but Not in Washington, D.C.

    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), the flagship school choice program in the nation’s capital. Since 2004, this program has provided low-income schoolchildren in Washington, D.C., which ranks 51st in the nation in standardized test … More

    March Madness Comes to D.C. Schools

    March Madness is in full swing. And former Harvard basketball player and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has once again “renewed his call for the N.C.A.A. to impose stricter penalties on universities that do not graduate enough of their athletes,” reports The Washington Post. The Secretary noted that while … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Market Education—not Monopolies—in the District

    House Speaker John Boehner’s (R–OH) commitment to school choice and his support for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) was chronicled in The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I just think it’s horrendous that you’ve got one of the worst school districts in the country right here in the District of … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: "A Model for Our Nation"

    In his opening remarks at the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) hearing Tuesday morning, Kevin Chavous, chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, stated: By any measure, by any test, by any rational standard, this hearing should be about how we can expand this program not just in Washington, … More

    The Continuing Resolution Supports School Choice

    Within the much-debated continuing resolution—an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through September 2011—is a bit of hope for students in the nation’s capital. The spending bill would remove language inserted in 2009 by Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) prohibiting new students from receiving scholarships through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship … More

    When It Comes to Education Unions, It's Power, Not People

    After days of lost class time for Wisconsin students, teachers have returned to school. Yet Governor Scott Walker (R) is still faced with the demands of teachers unions who are pushing against reforms that would restructure teacher pension and benefit plans and reform unions’ collective bargaining power. While unions announced … More

    Reviving Hope

    Today’s Washington Post highlights an important outcome of yesterday’s hearing on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP): U.S. Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan Collins sternly told District officials Wednesday that Congress probably will cut funding for city schools if efforts to revive a federal voucher program for students are … More

    Lieberman and Collins Make Strong Case for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Wednesday, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) was the subject of a hearing held by Senators Joe Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan Collins (R–ME). Although the program is boosting the graduation rates of students who use a scholarship to attend private school and is overwhelmingly popular among parents and D.C. residents, … More

    Parents Should Not Feel Hopeless About Their Child’s Educational Options

    When Congress began phasing-out the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2009, some parents were forced to send their kids to public schools that are failing and often unsafe. When asked by these parents about what options exist for them, I was at a complete loss as to how to advise … More

    Speaker Boehner Honors School Choice

    Parents across America who’d like to lift their children out of failing public schools can be grateful that the new leader of the House of Representatives gets it. Speaker John Boehner’s invited guests for tonight’s State of the Union address include students, teachers and other champions of vouchers that allow … More