Before law school, I was a teacher in the Mississippi Delta in a school district that was later taken over by the state. For two years, I bore witness to the damage that a struggling school system can inflict on children’s lives. The private school a few miles down Highway 82 might have offered a better education for my students—virtually all of whom were black and low-income—but its doors were barred to them by high tuition rates and its lingering heritage as a segregation academy. Recently, the United States House of Representatives passed the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). As the first federally funded school voucher program, OSP is commonly viewed as an unofficial model for school voucher programs around the country. Proponents of voucher programs like OSP claim that such programs offer students like mine an escape route […]
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