The voucher program “has not yielded improved student achievement by its scholarship recipients compared to other students in D.C.,” a statement of administration policy released Tuesday said.
“The Administration opposes the creation or expansion of private school voucher programs that are authorized by this bill,” according to the statement. “The Federal Government should focus its attention and available resources on improving the quality of public schools for all students. Private school vouchers are not an effective way to improve student achievement.”
The school voucher bill is also being pushed by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). It would increase scholarships to $8,000 for elementary school students and $12,000 for high schoolers, and it is slated for House floor action Wednesday.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.