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Students who were offered scholarships to attend private and parochial schools, before the program was canceled, are planning what they call "a full scale escalation of peaceful protests." 216 low income students from failing public schools were offered scholarships through the DC Vouchers program. But the program was canceled and those students will have to choose between attending public and public charter schools. Now the advocacy organization DC Parents for School Choice are planning a series of media advertisements. They also plan a vigil outside the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday. An independent study recently released which showed after three years, students in the program showed slightly higher reading test scores. There were no gains, however, shown in math. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced recently to try and reauthorize the program for five years. Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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