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ERIC Number: ED501499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-14
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice. Backgrounder. No. 2137
Lips, Dan; Feinberg, Evan
Heritage Foundation
The Washington, D.C. school system has a long history of poor academic achievement; however, over the past decade, the District of Columbia has made strides in offering families greater choice about which schools their children attend, thanks to a strong charter school law and the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. District leaders and Members of Congress should implement policies to give all District families the opportunity to choose good schools for their children. Specifically, Congress and local policymakers should: (1) strengthen and expand the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program; (2) offer scholarships for students with special needs; (3) offer scholarships to foster children and homeless children; (4) offer District taxpayers tuition and/or scholarship tax credits; (5) offer District taxpayers tax incentives for contributions to education savings accounts; and (6) offer tutoring and summer school scholarships. (Contains 78 footnotes and 2 charts.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia