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D.C. voucher bill proposes more of the same, failed policies

WASHINGTON - July 30, 2009 -

Conservative senators announced the introduction of the “Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act” today, hoping to extend the D.C. voucher program.

The following can be attributed to John Wilson, NEA executive director:

“The D.C. voucher program, and voucher schemes across the country, is on its way out. Congress has already decided to phase out school vouchers in the nation’s capital because, regardless of what proponents try to call them, vouchers do not fix the system and provide a dubious alternative to only some. Instead of promoting the same failed policies that only benefit a few students, members of Congress should invest in quality public schools for every student, and expand the opportunities for all students to attend college.”

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