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Dept of Ed Goes Silent on FOIA Requests after Facing Criticism in Vouchers Report

PFAW Foundation Files Suit, Seeks Unlawfully Withheld Records

Washington, DC – Yesterday, People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) filed suit against the U.S. Department of Education in federal court in the District of Columbia over the Department’s unlawful failure to disclose certain records concerning the new federally funded school voucher program in the District of Columbia. The law firm of Jenner & Block is co-counsel with PFAWF in this lawsuit.

D.C. Vouchers: First-Year Flaws and Failings

Department of Education documents show legislated priorities not met, inconvenient information obscured by program administrators

Washington, D.C. - Documents obtained from the U.S.

Flaws and Failings

The Washington Scholarship Fund was essentially chosen by default to administer the voucher program

Flaws and Failings

D.C. voucher proponents have attempted to obscure limitations on “choice” actually available to students in the voucher program

Flaws and Failings

A significant number of vouchers have gone to students who were already in private school, and WSF apparently wanted that number to be even higher

Flaws and Failings

The vast majority of the voucher schools are religious schools, as to which there are serious concerns regarding government-funded discrimination on the basis of disability and religion, as well as religious coercion; also, DOE and WSF have failed to give voucher schools adequate guidance on applicable civil rights laws

Flaws and Failings

The Archdiocese of Washington apparently would not give final agreement to participate in the voucher program until it received assurance from DOE that it could raise tuition for new students

Flaws and Failings

DOE has already acknowledged that the voucher program cannot be evaluated this year in the manner required by Congress

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