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The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program at 15: Impacts, Experiences, and the Path Forward

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Department of Education

  • January 22, 2019
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • Lindsey Burke
  • (800) 546-2843

Washington, D.C. -In 2004, the first students began participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – a private school choice program serving low-income families in Washington, D.C. This year marks 15 years of the scholarship program’s operation in the nation’s capital, with more than 1,650 children currently using D.C. OSP scholarships to pay tuition at participating private schools across the city. School choice programs have increased considerably across the country over the past decade, with more and more students having access to options such as vouchers and education savings accounts. What has been the impact of this consequential school choice measure, what does the future hold for the OSP, and what does it mean for families? Join us during National School Choice Week for a conversation with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, led by Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James, followed by a discussion featuring program stakeholders and scholars. The event will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.  in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium, located at 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 20002.


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