CEC joined sixty two national organizations in a National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) campaign opposing the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. The letter sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee states that the D.C. program has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers citing multiple U.S. Department of Education (USED) studies and two U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports.
The NCPE Coalition points out the D.C. voucher program threatens civil rights and undermines constitutional protections. The D.C. voucher program does not provide parents real choice as “students with disabilities often cannot find a private school that can, or wants to, serve them.”
CEC advocates to ensure that children and youth with disabilities receive the equal access and opportunity to public education they deserve and are guaranteed by law. CEC opposes private school vouchers for children and youth with disabilities as being contrary to the best interests of them and their families, the public school system, local communities, and taxpayers. Further, CEC believes that private vouchers both contradict and undermine central purposes of civil rights laws designed to protect children and youth with disabilities and their families. CEC will continue to advocate with policy makers to guarantee the promises of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through high quality public education for children and youth with disabilities and their families.