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Making Choices in Education Spending

Created on April 13, 2012

Making Choices in Education Spending

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), which falls under the jurisdiction of Congress, is a successful voucher program that provides scholarships to low-income children in Washington, D.C., to attend a private school of choice. The Obama Administration would eliminate this program while continuing to spend billions of dollars on many ineffective and duplicative education programs.

DCOSP: $20 million

Dept. of Education K–12 budget:

$38.5 billion

Total Dept. of Education budget:

$69.8 billion



Note: Department of Education figures are for FY 2013.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, “Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, Summary and Background Information”; “Digest for H.R. 471,” 112th Congress, 1st Session, GOP.gov, at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/1/hr471 (accessed April 9, 2012); and Office of Management and Budget, “Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2013,” Appendix, p. 1321, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/appendix.pdf (accessed April 9, 2012).

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