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Senator Calls for Oversight of D.C. Voucher Program

By The Associated Press — October 06, 2009 1 min read

A U.S. senator’s questions about where hundreds of District of Columbia voucher students went to school last year have been resolved.

But Sen. Richard J. Durbin says he still wants stricter oversight of private schools in the federally funded scholarship program for poor Washington families. The Illinois Democrat says the voucher schools should be subject to the same standards as charter and regular public schools.

At a hearing last week, Mr. Durbin said he would support continuing the program if there was stricter oversight.

Earlier last month, Mr. Durbin said enrollment numbers his aides tracked down didn’t add up and many students were unaccounted for. But data supplied by the Washington Scholarship Fund, which oversees the program, appeared to help explain the discrepancy.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 07, 2009 edition of Education Week as Senator Calls for Oversight Of D.C. Voucher Program

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