The un­pop­u­lar­ity of vouch­ers

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing Va­lerie Strauss’s Oct. 16 An­swer Sheet col­umn, “De­spite the coun­cil’s ob­jec­tions, Congress seems de­ter­mined to con­tinue D.C. school vouch­ers” [Metro]:

In op­pos­ing ex­pan­sion of the D.C. school voucher pro­gram, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is in sync with the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans. The 2015 Gallup ed­u­ca­tion poll showed Amer­i­cans op­posed to vouch­ers by 57 per­cent to 31 per­cent. (The D.C. vouch­ers are paid for by tax­pay­ers na­tion­ally.)

In 28 state ref­er­en­dums from coast to coast be­tween 1966 and 2014, mil­lions of vot­ers re­jected vouch­ers or their vari­ants by an av­er­age mar­gin of 2 to 1. In 1981, D.C. vot­ers re­jected a tax-credit voucher plan by 89 per­cent to 11 per­cent, and this month a ma­jor­ity of the D.C. Coun­cil ex­pressed op­po­si­tion.

Edd Do­err, Sil­ver Spring The writer is pres­i­dent of Amer­i­cans for Reli­gious Lib­erty.

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