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NEA president comments on House passage of District of Columbia school voucher bill


WASHINGTON - October 21, 2015 -

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to continue to support the D.C. voucher program. Despite numerous independent studies and research showing that the D.C. voucher program is inequitable, has little to no local support among D.C. elected officials, and has shown no significant academic improvement among voucher participants, H.R. 10 continues to divert $20 million per year from public to private schools in the District.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“All students deserve access to a quality public education. Instead of taking taxpayer funds away from public schools and handing them over to private schools, we should focus on equipping all students for success and closing opportunity gaps no matter what Zip code they live in. Unfortunately, H.R. 10 fails to improve student achievement in any impactful way, does not help the students most in need, and ignores the real achievement gaps that exist in our schools today.

“Students can’t afford for Congress to continue to find ways to avoid dealing with the pressing matters of public schools. We urge Congress to do its job, get back to work, and finish ESEA reauthorization now.”

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The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez  202-822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org