Why D.C. families need a school voucher program

You know Washington D.C.'s public schools are troubled when public school teachers are telling parents they should try to get their students into private schools.

"I had teachers from [Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School] tell me, 'If you have a chance to get your children in private schools, do that'," Gary Jones told the Washington Examiner. "And that's exactly what I did."

Jones has two school-aged children. His older child, Sabirah, attends St. Thomas More Catholic Academy on a tuition voucher from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The younger child, Tiffany, was not able to get a voucher because administrators of the program rarely grant two scholarships to the same family. "They're not following the letter of the law. The law states sibling preference."

Jones is fortunate enough to be able to afford St. Thomas More's tuition for Tiffany, more than $6,000 out of pocket for the year.

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Jones has no problem with MLK Elementary. Sabirah was always on the honor roll there and graduated as one of the top students in the fifth grade.

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