WaPo: “White House Ignores Evidence” of D.C. Scholarships’ Success

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Today, a bill that would restore and expand the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)—the flagship school choice program for low-income schoolchildren in the nation’s capital—will hit the House floor for a vote.

Despite the program’s track record of success and the overwhelming support from parents and D.C. residents, the program has been under attack since the Obama Administration came to town in 2009. And even as the bill, sponsored by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), comes up for a vote today, the Administration continues to argue against the program. But we’re not convinced—and neither is The Washington Post.

In response to a statement issued by the White House yesterday, which claimed that “rigorous evaluation over several years demonstrates that the D.C. program has not yielded improved student achievement by its scholarship recipients compared to other students in D.C.,” the Post writes: (more…)