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Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools

The SOAR Act would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The Obama administration has repeatedly worked to undermine or eliminate the school choice program, even though the OSP has the support of local Democratic politicians such as the D.C. Mayor and a majority of the D.C. City Council. Fortunately for the low-income children attending the schools of their choice through the OSP, the president has signaled that he does not intend to veto the legislation

Low-income students shouldn't be condemned to low-quality schools just because their parents cannot afford a home in a wealthy neighborhood. The D.C. OSP was an important step toward breaking the link between home prices and school quality, so it's encouraging to see that D.C. is not likely to take a step backward. Ideally, though, Congress would take the next step from school choice to educational choice by enacting a universal education savings account program.

Source: Cato Institute 2015-16 voting recommendation on DC Choice , Apr 28, 2016

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