Take Action: Tell Your Members of Congress that You Oppose Private School Vouchers
The Fight Against Private School Vouchers Continues
This year's National School Choice Weekbegins on January 24. Because it is promoted by supporters of school choice, and supporters of private school vouchers in particular, it is the perfect time to remind your members of Congress that you oppose vouchers. 2015 was a good year, as we saw many federal private school voucher proposals defeated. The reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) did not include any private school voucher or portability plans, and in fact vouchers were voted down on the floor of the House once and on the floor of the Senate three times during debate of that bill. That was a big win, but we will still face voucher fights in Congress this year. Members of Congress are currently engaged in efforts to reauthorize the D.C. private school voucher program.
There are so many reasons to oppose vouchers: they threaten religious liberty, fail to improve education, deprive students of rights and protections, and lack accountability. These flaws are especially highlighted in the D.C. voucher program, which studies have shown has failed to produce academic achievements for students, even though the district's public schools continue to improve.
Please take a moment to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative today and tell them you want them to oppose any bills that would authorize private school vouchers, particularly the D.C. voucher program.