Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program’

Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.

A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

The headline in the Washington Examiner was just what the Heritage Foundation’s propaganda ministry wanted.

“D.C. police receive hundreds of calls about violence at schools,” the tabloid blared.

The story said District of Columbia public schools were the sites of 3,500 emergency calls to the D.C. police during the 2007-08 school year. According to a Heritage Foundation “report,” incidents […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.

Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded “D. C. Opportunity Scholarship” program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

The immediate goal of the protest was funding for 216 students […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Did you plan to make a contribution to Washington, D.C.’s Blessed Sacrament Elementary School? How about Muhammad University of Islam or First Rock Baptist Christian Church School?

Guess what? You already have.

Those three schools and 52 additional religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia were beneficiaries of the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program during […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers

Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama’s search for a new school for his daughters.

The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of […] Read More