Skip to comments.DC Vouchers at Crossroads
Posted on 03/09/2009 10:07:50 AM PDT by bs9021
DC Vouchers at Crossroads by: Bethany Stotts, March 09, 2009
Funding for the Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF), more commonly referred to as the DC voucher program, is likely to run out at the end of next academic year due to a sunset provision designed by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D). DC Vouchers were established by Congress in 2003 and serve around 2,000 local low-income students.
Speaking at this years Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the Executive Director of DC Parents for School Choice expressed her intention to fight for continued funding of the scholarship program.
I got a call last night, late last night. It was from a parent who has four children in the scholarship program and he said to me Virginia, what are going to do if we lose this program? and I said we not going to lose. Were going to fight, said Virginia Walden Ford on February 28.
We are doing everything we can, getting the word out, but the reality is we could lose, she later added. Now, I cant tell that to 2,000 parents.
She said, I have to be strong and stay tough and say were going to win but Im also going to be the person that if we do lose, is going to have to say to those parents I dont know what youre going to do. I dont know where your kids are going to go to school, because theyre going to look to their leadership to find answers.
The Omnibus bill in both houses of Congress provides WSF with one additional year of funding, at which point new revenue would have to be appropriated by Congress and approved by the DC City Council.
Ford considers the City Council hostile to the voucher program....
(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...
2,000 parents versus the NEA. No contest, Democrats are deep in the pockets of the NEA. Goodbye vouchers, screw the poor inner-city families.
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