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June 10 Voucher Program Slots Exceed Number of Applicants, Contradicting Proponents' Claims

May 10  Voucher Plan fails to Attract Projected Number of Applicants

Jan. 26   Most Democratic presidential candidates condemn school voucher proposals.

Jan. 22   Senate approves vouchers; awaits President's signature

Dec. 8    House approves the omnibus spending bill which approves vouchers for D.C.; Senate likely to rubber stamp.

Nov. 26  

Oct. 25  New voucher strategy is to sneak vouchers and contravene will of the American people.

Oct. 13 After vouchers fail as part of the D.C. budget bill, the Senate now considers attaching the voucher proposal to the omnibus federal budget legislation. 


Sept. 25 The Latest!!! Debate held today.  The voucher bill bogged down!


Sept. 23  Alert!!!  Senate likely to vote today.  Call your Senator and Call these Senators TODAY!


Sept. 9!!!  HOUSE HAS APPROVED SCHOOL VOUCHERS BY ONE VOTE while 38 black members attended a presidential debate in Baltimore. See how members of the House voted on D.C. vouchers.


SENATE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED VOUCHERS!  The school voucher legislation, S. 1583, may be voted upon in Congress.  The fight is not over yet.  Please call Congress now!

Stop D.C. Vouchers is an organized effort to educate and mobilize the residents of Washington, D.C., as well as supporters of public education to thwart congressional legislation to institute a voucher plan in Washington, D.C. 


Stop D.C. vouchers

      - engages in research, analysis, writing,. 

      - provides detailed information regarding the proposals for vouchers in D.C,; 

      - monitors and reports on the status of the voucher push;

      - documents through a timeline  the events relating to the move to institute vouchers,

      - maintains a current list of voucher opponents;

      - providing vehicles for public action to stop D.C. vouchers; and

      - enabling supporters of public funding only for public schools to

             - write

             - email,

              - call,

              - fax, and

              - participate in a petition drive

          all aimed at local and federal officials who have the power to keep school vouchers out of Washington,  



What are school vouchers?


School vouchers are grants for eligible students paid for by taxpayers to subsidize tuition at private schools.  The private schools have complete discretion over whom they admit to their schools, and are free to choose or reject any student applicant with vouchers just as they may reject applicants not using tax-funded grants.


The voucher proposals for Washington, D.C. all originate in the United States Congress.  There has been no local legislation from the Mayor or City Council of Washington to create, fund or support a voucher program.  In 1981, D.C. residents rejected vouchers in a referendum.  Polls done of residents in November 2002 support this outcome.


The are five pieces of legislation in Congress to fund and create a voucher program in Washington, D.C..  The Senate and the House of Representatives each have authorizing and appropriations bills.  The    Both pieces of legislation would provide taxpayer funded grants to income-eligible D.C. students to attend private schools. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va) is the author of the plan with the greatest congressional support, HR-2556, having been approved by the House Government Reform Committee.


Rep. Jeff Flake is the sponsor of the other legislation, HR- 684, now dormant, with a companion piece, S.4, in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Judd Gregg.  (Rep. Flake is sponsoring legislation that was originally sponsored by former Rep. Dick Armey, under whose leadershp the bill passed the Senate and House but was vetoed by President Clinton in 1998.)


The U.S. House and U.S. Senate have now included funding for a voucher plan in the D.C. Appropriations bill, (over which Congress has authority to approve D.C.'s local and federally raised tax dollars).  This use of Congressional riders has been a popular vehicle for implementing programs that lack local D.C. resident support. 


Voucher Status.   Summer 2003



The inclusion of the hotly debated voucher plan in the D.C. budget bill has stalled the legislation that authorizes all spending for the District of Columbia.




See the Legislative Background of the DC voucher plans in Congress.