Americans United last month reaffirmed its opposition to a voucher plan operating in Washington, D.C., as federal lawmakers began deliberating renewing the scheme.
Approved by Congress as a five-year pilot program in 2003, the D.C. plan, formally called the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, has been extended since then. It allocates $20 million annually in taxpayer dollars to subsidize private schools, most of them religious, in the nation’s capital. About 1,100 students receive vouchers under the program.