Commentary: D.C. School Vouchers Next week, the Senate is set to take up the annual appropriations bill for the District of Columbia. Included in the package is a federal pilot program for school vouchers. It would give 1,300 children $7,500 for tuition at a private school. The measure has already passed the House. Commentator Katie Davis works with children in her Washington, D.C., neighborhood, and she feels that some details are being left out of the debate over school vouchers.