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Voucher Advocates Seek Support of New Congress

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By Jessica Gould

Advocates for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship hope the political tides have turned in favor of the federally funded voucher program.

The program allows children from low-income families to receive public funds so they can attend private and parochial schools.

"We had up to 2,000 low income children receiving a high quality private school education that otherwise wouldn't receive that education," says fomer D.C. Council Member Kevin Chavous.

But opponents argue the program drains talent and resources from the traditional public school system. And in 2009, Congress voted not to renew its funding.

Now an aide to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) says the senator is working closely with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on bills to reauthorize the program. Chavous says he's hopeful.

"We expect it will pass the House and we have a fighting chance of getting it passed in the Senate," he says.

For now, the program is scheduled to close once the current recipients graduate from high school.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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