Norton Optimistic that DC Voucher Plan Will Die

July 29, 2007

Today’s Washington Times reports on DC voucher program. Representative Norton predicts it is going down:

Congress authorized the program for five years, and must reauthorize it next year if it is to continue. Mrs. Norton said she will do her best to make sure that doesn’t happen, and now that her party holds the majority in Congress, she could be more successful than she was in 2004.

“I think there’s very little chance that, when this runs out, it will be renewed, ” she said.

Mrs. Norton met with officials from the Washington Scholarship Fund, which administers the scholarships. “I have said to them that I think the only responsible thing to do is to prepare the parents to understand that the program is unlikely to be funded, that it was experimental, it was never meant to be permanent.”

My views here. Eduwonk also noticed inconsistencies in how voucher proponents defend the program.

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