Secular Coalition Asks Senators to Oppose DC Voucher Program

On May 13th, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on whether to re-authorize the controversial D.C. voucher program known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. As members of the National Coalition for Public Education, the Secular Coalition for America has lobbied dozens of Senators to oppose the continuation of a program that requires American taxpayers to pay for the religious education of D.C. students. The Secular Coalition submittted written testimony and signed a coalition letter addressed to Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME).

Last week, President Obama said that he wants to allow the 1,700 students currently enrolled in the program to remain in the it until they graduate from high school. He said he opposed adding new students to the program. Unfortunately, the majority of students receiving vouchers are in grades K-5 and by allowing the program to exist through the time they graduate taxpayers would be funding their religious education for up to twelve years.

The Secular Coalition expects a vote on reauthorization of the program in the next month.

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