"Some Allege Bias in Voucher Program" [Metro, Oct. 21] unfairly characterizes a recent study by Georgetown University, "Parent and Student Voices on the First Year of the Opportunity Scholarship Program."

Unbalanced and inaccurate in many respects -- beginning with its misleading headline -- the story essentially silences the voices of the vast majority of scholarship parents and students who participated in the study. Had the story sought to accurately portray the study rather than focus on the anomalous negative experiences of a few scholarship families, it might have noted the study's main finding -- that all respondents and most of the children involved expressed gratitude for the opportunity to choose a private school through the scholarship program and believe that the experience has changed and will continue to change their lives in positive ways.

Hope and gratitude are what are most apparent to anyone who reads the study. To suggest that "bias" or anything approaching it is the representative experience of scholarship families is simply to ignore the study's primary conclusions. True, a very small minority of participating families have expressed concerns regarding aspects of their experiences. While these are important and must be addressed, they are no more valid or worthy of attention than the views of the parents and children who have found life-changing opportunities through the scholarship program.

The Georgetown study found genuine satisfaction with the voucher program among the great majority of the families participating in the study. Responsible and balanced journalism would recommend at least some reference to positive family experiences, not only as a service to readers of The Post but in fairness to families working hard at, and succeeding at, offering their children a better life through educational opportunity.


Chairman, Board of Directors

Washington Scholarship Fund