As you may have heard, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joe Lieberman have introduced legislation to revive a controversial school voucher
program that funnels tax dollars to private and religious schools in the
District of Columbia, nearly two years after Congress began phasing it
DC Voucher program would provide taxpayer subsidies to schools that indoctrinate
students and discriminate in hiring, while also draining funds from
public schools that badly need them. Diverting federal funds to private
religious schools effectively forces taxpayers to subsidize religion.
Although most of the private schools that will likely benefit under the
voucher scheme are operated by the Catholic Church,
Baptist, Adventist and Islamic schools are also expected to participate.
President Obama defunded the voucher experiment in 2009 after it proved
to be a failure. Four studies by the Department of Education concluded
the program does not improve academic achievement. The final study
confirmed that the use of a voucher had no significant impact on overall
student achievement in math or reading. All four studies found that
students from "schools in need of improvement," which are the students
targeted by the program, showed no improvement in reading or math due to
the voucher program.
Tell Congress that taxpayers should not be forced to support religion through
public funding of private schools. Please help us oppose Sen. Lieberman's and Speaker Boehner's attempts to
resurrect the failed voucher experiment.
Vote Against Vouchers for DC Religious and Private Schools
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I ask that you strongly oppose legislation that would restart and expand the failed DC school voucher experiment. This legislation has been introduced as HR 471 in the House, and as S 206 in the Senate.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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