Despite all of these problems, Chavous claims that D.C.’s voucher plan is the most successful in the country. His comment speaks volumes about the worth of voucher plans, although not in the manner he intended.
D.C.’s voucher plan, like others around the country, has become a vehicle to subsidize religious education at the expense of the public schools. It forces people to subsidize religion and threatens public education. Rather than expand the program, it’s time to shut it down.
— The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.