In a recent letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the D.C. Council wrote:  

“We strongly urge you to stand with us in supporting these children and continuing the District’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. We believe we simply cannot turn our backs on these families because doing so will deny their children the quality education they deserve.”  

The local Council may want vouchers, but opposition for the program is at the national level in the Democratic Party.  

It’s union power versus children in need.  Read more here.