DC School Voucher Program Still Under Debate
October 19, 2009
The DC school voucher program may not be as dead as many once thought. While lawmakers voted in March to stop funding the program, an article in the Wall Street Journal states that some lawmakers in the Senate are open to reauthorizing the voucher program, provided certain changes are made, including a requirement that students who attend charter or private schools and receive vouchers take the same achievement tests that students who attend public schools do.
It is quite interesting that Senator Durbin, Democrat of Illinois—who recently indicated his willingness to reexamine whether or not to fund the program with the stipulation that these changes be made—was also the senator who reported that during an audit of the voucher program he could find no record of approximately 385 of the 1718 students enrolled in it.