Republicans in Congress pushed a voucher plan aimed at students in Washington, D.C., through Congress late in 2004. The controversial plan was described as an "experiment" that would be subject to oversight to see if it was effective.
The first results are in. An objective study of students taking part in the program found no significant improvement in academic performance of the voucher students compared to students who remained in D.C.'s public schools. (As is common with voucher plans, most private schools taking part in the Washington program are religious.) Read more