Staring out at a sea of students in blue blazers and pleated skirts, D.C. councilman Marion Barry calls on the federal government to reauthorize funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Last spring, Congress opted not to reauthorize funding for the program, which provides vouchers for low-income students to attend private schools. But Bruce Stewart, who recently retired as head of the private Sidwell Friends School, says the program is essential.
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would extend the program for another five years.
Jessica Gould reports...