Tell Congress to Reject DC Vouchers

February 2, 2011

As you may have heard, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joe Lieberman have introduced legislation to revive a controversial school voucher program that funnels tax dollars to private and religious schools in the District of Columbia, nearly two years after Congress began phasing it out. 

The DC Voucher program would provide taxpayer subsidies to schools that indoctrinate students and discriminate in hiring, while also draining funds from public schools that badly need them.  Diverting federal funds to private religious schools effectively forces taxpayers to subsidize religion.  Although most of the private schools that will likely benefit under the voucher scheme are operated by the Catholic Church, Baptist, Adventist and Islamic schools are also expected to participate.

President Obama defunded the voucher experiment in 2009 after it proved to be a failure.  Four studies by the Department of Education concluded the program does not improve academic achievement. The final study confirmed that the use of a voucher had no significant impact on overall student achievement in math or reading.  All four studies found that students from “schools in need of improvement,” which are the students targeted by the program, showed no improvement in reading or math due to the voucher program.

Tell Congress that taxpayers should not be forced to support religion through public funding of private schools.  Please help us oppose Sen. Lieberman’s and Speaker Boehner’s attempts to resurrect the failed voucher experiment.

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