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June 19, 2008
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee will vote whether to renew funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).
Please click now to see if your Representative serves on the Committee. If so, we are asking you to take action.
OSP allows parents in the District of Columbia to send their children to religious schools with tuition vouchers funded by American taxpayers. On Tuesday, June 17th, the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee voted to continue funding OSP. The Appropriations Committee will review the funding next, with a vote expected Tuesday the 24th.
Since September, 2005 the Secular Coalition for America and its allies have lobbied against the continuation of this program and others like it. Public schools offer many more alternatives for students seeking a secular education, while schools accepting the D.C. vouchers are primarily religious. Moreover, a study released this week by the Department of Education found that - for the second year in a row - D.C. students using private school vouchers are scoring no better on standardized tests than their public school counterparts.
Please send a message to your Representative on the House Appropriations Commitee urging a NO vote on this legislation. Remember, the vote is expected this coming Tuesday, so the sooner you reach your Rep, the better.
Please click one of the links in this message to find out if your Representative is a target for this Action Alert. Thank you again for supporting the Secular Coalition for America and our mission.
Take action now.
Lori Lipman Brown, Director
Secular Coalition for America
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The Secular Coalition for America is the national lobby for atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans. From our office in the nation's capital, our lobbyists and support staff engage public policy makers and the media on issues ranging from religion's influence on education and medical research to the privileging of faith groups by government. We are the first and only cooperative venture of nine member organizations coming together to improve the political situation of a previously unrepresented constituency: the tens of millions of atheists and agnostics in the United States.