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Topic - Justin Hamilton
More than 1,700 students from the District will get the chance to attend a private school this year through a federal voucher program, despite an ongoing debate among leaders in the city and on Capitol Hill about whether "school choice" should stay within the bounds of the public school system.
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Nine states and the District of Columbia will get money to reform schools in the second round of the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" grant competition, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday.
"Congress has given the trust the resources it needs to expand the program, and we've given them all the technical support and assistance required of us by law," said Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for the Department of Education. "While we've agreed to carry out a congressionally mandated scientific study of the program's effectiveness, the administration still opposes voucher programs because we believe every child deserves a world-class education."
"Though we agreed to allow a modest increase in the number of students admitted to the D.C. voucher program next year to comply with a congressionally-mandated study, there has been absolutely no change in policy," DOE spokesman Justin Hamilton said Thursday. "Our focus is on making sure all students get a world-class education. The best way to do that is by reforming our public school system."