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Congress approves D.C. voucher program.

After months of partisan wrangling, Congress has approved a private school voucher program for the District of Columbia. The $14 million pilot program will fund five years worth of vouchers for students now attending D.C. schools labeled as failing under the No Child Left Behind Act. The initiative will provide annual tuition grants of up to $7,500 to at least 1,700 low-income students. The District's Democratic Mayor, Anthony A. Williams, supports the Republican-backed program for the 79,000-student school system, which he has called "a slow-moving train wreck." But many Democrats oppose the effort, including D.C.'s congressional Delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton. She and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will work to repeal the voucher plan. "Even after this vote, don't bank on vouchers coming to D.C.," Kennedy told the Washington Post.

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Title Annotation:Last Month in Education; Washington, District of Columbia; private school tuition grants for low income students
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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