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  • John Boehner to end Obama’s war on DC’s poor children: Elections make a difference

    01/31/2011 10:33:03 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies ^ | JANUARY 31ST, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    “ February 2008, while gearing up for his run at the presidency, Barack Obama told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “I will not allow my predispositions [to oppose vouchers] to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn. We’re losing several generations of kids, and something has to be done…….” His union masters Democrats serve at the pleasure of unions ……… powerful unions are the Teachers Unions across the country. In separate questionnaires submitted to both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, Obama had affirmed his opposition to vouchers which are government scholarships provided...
  • Boehner Hopes To Revive DC School Voucher

    01/27/2011 4:48:51 AM PST · by careyb · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/27/11 | Brett Zongker
    GOP House Speaker John Boehner and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman introduced legislation Wednesday to revive a school voucher program for District of Columbia students nearly two years after Congress began phasing it out. In a statement Wednesday, Boehner said the D.C. program is a model that can work well in other cities and should be the starting point of any new bipartisan education reform legislation developed with President Barack Obama's administration.
  • Mom Jailed Over Kids' School.

    01/26/2011 5:38:48 PM PST · by TheRealDBear · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 26, 2011 | ABC News Now
    Kelley Williams-Bolar is jailed for lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.
  • Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers [PA]

    01/20/2011 9:30:31 AM PST · by brityank · 35 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 20, 2011 | Tom Barnes
    Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers Thursday, January 20, 2011 By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteHARRISBURG -- In his inaugural speech, Gov. Tom Corbett barely hinted at what is sure to become one of the most hotly debated issues of the spring -- "school choice," also known as "tuition vouchers." It would be a major change in how the state funds education. "Our students compete not only with those from the other 49 states, but with students from around the world," the new chief executive said Tuesday. "So we must embrace innovation, competition and choice in our education system." The measure,...
  • Gov. Sandoval to pursue constitutional change for school choice (NV)

    01/14/2011 7:32:52 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 2 replies
    MyNews4 (NBC) ^ | 01/14/2011 | Sean Whaley
    Gov. Brian Sandoval will seek a constitutional amendment in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature to allow for public tax dollars to be used in a school voucher program that would include religious schools, a staff member said this week. Senior Adviser Dale Erquiaga, in a briefing with the media on Thursday, said a voucher bill submitted by former Gov. Jim Gibbons will be rewritten by the Sandoval administration. Sandoval intends to pursue the constitutional change, he said. Changing the Nevada constitution is a complex process that would take as many as six years to accomplish, including voter approval....
  • Gov.-Elect Rick Scott Hints at School Vouchers for All at St. Petersburg Rally

    12/11/2010 4:24:08 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ron Matus and Michael C. Bender
    Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott on Thursday blew the door wide open to the idea of a voucherlike program for all students, saying he's working with lawmakers to allow state education dollars to follow a student to the school his or her parents choose. "So if the parents want to spend it on virtual school, then spend it on virtual school," he continued. "If they want to spend it on, you know, whatever education system they believe in, whether it's this public school or that public school or this private school or that private school, that's what ought to happen."
  • A Political Approach on Reforming Schools (FL)

    12/05/2010 4:46:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 44 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 5 December 2010 | Editorial
    Contrary to what is best for students, Florida Republicans are once again drawing battle lines over education reform. Gov.-elect Rick Scott fell into the trap last week by appointing an education transition team tilted against traditional public schools and in favor of private schools and tuition vouchers. Scott's education transition team is packed with advocates for private school vouchers, charter schools and changes in teacher tenure. Scott's team includes Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C., school chancellor credited with ending teacher tenure there, and John Kirtley, a voucher advocate who has had repeated success in expanding the state's program...
  • Larry Elder: Time for Republicans to Man Up About Race

    10/19/2010 8:18:40 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 5 replies ^ | 10/19/10 | Joy Tiz
    The struggle for civil rights is over. The good guys won. The battle now is against wrongheaded ‘compassionate’ policies. -Larry Elder Larry Elder goes after both wimpy Republicans, of which there are still far too many and state controlled indoctrination centers in IBD, warning that the monolithic, pro Democrat vote is a “clear and present danger to America.” "Politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, treat blacks like children. When a Republican addresses a black audience, you can make book on how long it takes before he refers to Martin Luther King Jr. Either he marched with King or his father did,...
  • Republicans need to man up and ask black voters, 'Are you better off?'

    10/14/2010 10:05:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies · 1+ views
    One News Now ^ | 10/14/2010 | Larry Elder
    The monolithic pro-Democratic black vote is a clear and present danger to America. As recently as 1956, the GOP captured 39 percent of the black vote. If Republicans can seize just 20 or 30 percent of the black vote, the Democratic Party -- and its ability to pull the country to the left -- could be stopped, if not reversed. "The 'black vote'?" I said to a white Republican politician who asked my advice. "I'll tell you how to go after it, but you won't do it." "Try me," he said. Politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, treat blacks like children....
  • Dear Obama, You attended private school. So do your kids. Give other black children that chance

    10/02/2010 12:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 2, 2010 | Maureen Downey
    Check out today’s ad in The New York Times by the civil rights leader Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, condemning President Obama for his failure to support school choice nationwide. (The alliance advocates for vouchers and is supported by several pro school choice foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation.) Chavous asks President Obama to endorse school vouchers, saying that the president himself attended the most elite school in Hawaii because of scholarships. At the risk of being pilloried, I have to point out that the evidence is not strong that vouchers have dramatically improved...
  • Obama: D.C. Public Schools Are "Struggling"

    09/27/2010 7:47:52 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 49 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | September 27, 2010 | Staff
    President Barack Obama said Monday morning during a live interview on NBC that his daughters couldn't get the same quality education at a District public school that they currently get at their private school. Obama says the schools in the District of Columbia are "struggling," though he said there have been some important steps made in the direction of reform. The president's daughters, Malia and Sasha, attend the Sidwell Friends School, an elite private school. Public schools in Washington have faced criticism for their low test scores and high graduation rates. The president took a question from Florida resident Kelly...
  • Education Discussion: Obama-Lauer Never Say V-Word

    09/27/2010 11:02:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    No, not that v-word. V . . . as in vouchers. They might as well have been a couple of Soviet apparatchiks in 1955 discussing implementing better production procedures in diesel-engine factories. You can talk all day about “best practices, “what works,” blah, blah, blah. But there’s only one thing that has or will ever worked to improve the quality of any product, from football teams to cars to education: competition. The only way to introduce real competition into education is via vouchers: giving parents and children real choice and making all schools—from government ones to parochial to private—compete on...
  • School choice bill in Trouble - 'Stalemate' over scholarship plan

    07/27/2010 8:54:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies ^ | July 14, 2010 | PATRICIA ALEX
    A bill that would allow more public schools to offer seats to out-of-district students has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Governor Christie's signature. The idea for the expanded school choice program was tried out on a pilot basis. While still in the trial stage, it led to the creation of the Academies@Englewood, which drew students from other school districts and was aimed at desegregating Dwight Morrow High School. But the new legislation is unlikely to have much of an impact in North Jersey where most cash-strapped schools are operating at capacity and officials say they are not in a...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Teach union goes wild & Woody

    05/30/2010 4:04:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 443+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 30, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    Along with its usual claims that cuts will destroy schools, the Web site of the United Federation of Teachers marks the union's 50th anniversary by paying strange homage to a firebrand founder, Albert Shanker. It does so by saying that, "In a movie, Woody Allen once described Albert Shanker as a mad bomber who destroys the world." The union apparently sees this lone sentence as high praise for its late boss. The movie was "Sleeper," a 1973 hit where Allen, director and star, wakes 200 years in the future. Amid gags about dehumanizing machinery -- remember the Orgasmatron? -- Allen...
  • A Crack in the School-Choice Dike?

    05/20/2010 4:47:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 281+ views ^ | May 20, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Few organizations are as consistently liberal as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), especially when it comes to matters of church and state. The ADL devotes an entire page on its Web site ( to church-state separation and wants the "wall" between the two to remain as high and impenetrable as possible, believing that to lower it would have a negative effect on both. Which makes it remarkable that the executive committee of ADL's Philadelphia chapter has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution endorsing vouchers that would allow children in underperforming schools in poor neighborhoods to escape to schools that would...
  • N.J. Senate committee approves school voucher bill during raucous hearing

    05/14/2010 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Reeses · 30 replies · 679+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | May 13, 2010 | Chris Megerian
    TRENTON -- A Senate committee approved legislation today creating scholarships for students to attend private schools during a raucous hearing held in front of the Statehouse Annex building. Hundreds of demonstrators, mostly students from private and charter schools, gathered to rally for the bill. Supporters said it provides students a chance to leave failing public schools, while opponents said it undermines the public school system. The bill (S1872) could fund $24 million in scholarships for up to 4,000 children the first year. After five years, up to 20,000 children would receive $120 million in scholarships, they said. More money would...
  • So, what does Obama think of Chicago's school voucher proposal?

    04/27/2010 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | April 27, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Let’s get something straight. School vouchers are pretty much exclusively supported by conservatives and those who actually want kids to succeed. Those against student vouchers are usually unions and government bureaucrats who complain about dollars being “removed” from public education … where kids are indoctrinated. The Chicago voucher system seems to be a step in the right direction, but does it go far enough?
  • Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools [No More Vouchers]

    01/29/2010 8:38:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 349+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2010 | Michael Birnbaum
    Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools In 2008, the Archdiocese of Washington gave up control of seven of its inner-city schools that were struggling financially, turning the facilities into secular charter schools. Dozens of teachers and hundreds of students departed; 1,000 new students signed up. Here's a glimpe of life inside one a year-and-a-half later. By Michael Birnbaum Saturday, January 30, 2010 Two Washington area Catholic schools will close at the end of the school year, two will merge and another is examining its options, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington said Friday. The changes...
  • Rethink Closing Wildwood Catholic High School (School Choice)

    01/27/2010 7:59:32 AM PST · by incredulous joe · 16 replies · 493+ views
    Cape May County Herald ^ | 27 JAN 2010 | incredulous joe
    CREST HAVEN – Cape May County Freeholders on Tuesday, Jan. 26 were set to pass a resolution asking that the Diocese of Camden reconsider its intention to close Wildwood Catholic High School which is located in the community of North Wildwood. Director Daniel Beyel said, “It would normally be outside the scope of the Board to express any opinions or voice any statements pertaining to the policy or decision making of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the recent decision of the Diocese of Camden to close Wildwood Catholic High School has such far reaching implications to Cape May County that...
  • Limits Are Likely On D.C. School Vouchers (Lib truth alert)

    12/13/2009 12:07:27 PM PST · by khnyny · 7 replies · 520+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2009 | Michael Birnbaum
    Congress appears likely to keep the D.C. voucher program closed to new students but open to current ones, curtailing the hopes of advocates who had pressed for a full revival of the controversial program. The news is buried deep within a thousand-page omnibus spending bill released Monday by a joint conference of House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. The proposal allocates $13.2 million to vouchers and would tighten accountability measures for schools that participate in the program, which provides low-income D.C. students with up to $7,500 to attend private schools. Bringing further upheaval to the program, the Washington Scholarship Fund,...
  • We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now (Please pardon the old NEA’s top lawyer's French)

    11/20/2009 9:02:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 1,597+ views
    City Journal ^ | 20 November 2009 | Larry Sand
    We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now—that is, if the NEA’s logic is to be believed. 20 November 2009 On the last day of the National Education Association’s convention this summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEA’s top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at “conservative and right-wing bastards,” including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were “the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and economic agenda that...
  • CUNY's got math problem: Report shows many freshmen from city HS fail at basic algebra

    11/12/2009 10:45:24 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,175+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | November 12th 2009 | Joel Schectman and Rachel Monahan
    More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn't mean they can do college math. Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen - suggesting city schools aren't preparing them... "These results are shocking," ... "They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills." During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem... Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal. The lack of math skills means the...
  • Silencing Voices for School Choice

    10/30/2009 8:21:00 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 2 replies · 479+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2009 | Silencing Voices for School Choice
    Attorney General Eric Holder tries to kill a TV ad supporting D.C. school vouchers. President Obama isn't taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled. Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad. The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the...
  • D.C. School Vouchers Have a Brighter Outlook in Congress

    10/19/2009 8:51:41 AM PDT · by khnyny · 1 replies · 243+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 19, 2009 | Robert Tomsho
    The District of Columbia's embattled school-voucher program, which lawmakers appeared to have killed earlier this year, looks like it could still survive. Congress voted in March not to fund the program, which provides certificates to pay for recipients' private-school tuition, after the current school year. But after months of pro-voucher rallies, a television-advertising campaign and statements of support by local political leaders, backers say they are more confident about its prospects. Even some Democrats, many of whom have opposed voucher efforts, have been supportive. At a congressional hearing last month, Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and vocal critic of...
  • Democrats and Schools (Kristoff off the NYT reservation)

    10/15/2009 6:45:07 AM PDT · by cartervt2k · 13 replies · 737+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/14/2009 | Nicholas Kristof
    The Democratic Party has battled for universal health care this year, and over the decades it has admirably led the fight against poverty — except in the one way that would have the greatest impact. Good schools constitute a far more potent weapon against poverty than welfare, food stamps or housing subsidies. Yet, cowed by teachers’ unions, Democrats have too often resisted reform and stood by as generations of disadvantaged children have been cemented into an underclass by third-rate schools. President Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, are trying to change that — and one test for the Democrats...
  • Choosing Schools in Nebraska

    10/01/2009 10:33:37 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 619+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 1, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Choosing Schools in Nebraska by: Allie Winegar Duzett, October 01, 2009 School choice has long been a topic of debate among those concerned with American education. Should the government have a monopoly over education? Or should Americans instead be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to schools that could compete with the government’s public school system? Paul DiPerna of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently interviewed 1,200 “likely” Nebraskan voters to see how residents of the state feel about issues with education, including school choice. The study has a 95% confidence level. DiPerna’s study found that Nebraska’s...
  • Bluegrass Blues

    09/10/2009 12:50:22 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 188+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 10, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Bluegrass Blues by: Sarah Carlsruh, September 10, 2009 It turns out that not many parents in the Bluegrass state want their children to attend public school. Paul DiPerna, author of School Choice Survey in the State: Kentucky’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice, found that people are not happy with the current public school system. This August 2009 study is of Kentucky voters’ opinions on their state’s school system. Strategic Vision, a public relations agency, conducted this survey by making live phone calls to a random sample of 1,200 likely Kentucky voters. Its screening questions were such as to...
  • (Marion) Barry leads DC voucher protest

    09/08/2009 6:20:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 888+ views
    Politico ^ | September 8, 2009 | Glenn Thrush
    DC Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry is likely to be arrested today. Barry, a convert to the voucher cause, will be blocking the entrance to the Department of Education building during President Obama's speech to protest the gradual phasing out of the DC school voucher program, according to organizers. The event, organized by Parents for DC Choice, along with Councilman Kevin Chavous, and Dr. Howard Fuller, will target DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, who won't be in the building.
  • Obama Hypocrisy on "Competition"

    09/05/2009 4:26:19 PM PDT · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 7 replies · 681+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | 9/5/2009 | Longview New-Journal
    This summer's health care debate has centered around the creation of a government-run insurance program to compete with those offered by private insurers. President Barack Obama says "public option" isn't intended to end private health insurance, repeatedly telling us that if we like our private plans, we'll be able to keep them. A government plan, he and congressional Democrats insist, will simply provide needed competition for private insurers. And this will be a good thing, of course, because competition leads to better service, lower costs, and more consumer choice. Now a cynic might question the sincerity of the president's newfound...
  • D.C. Mayor in School of Self-Interest?

    08/31/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty seemed silent and secretive about acting in the self-interest of his own children. Asked at a press conference about where his kids were attending school this academic year, he answered, in essence, “None of your business.” Why this sensitivity? Good school, bad schoolOne of Fenty’s sons started school this year at Lafayette Elementary, a public—read government—school in D.C. But the neighborhood school to which kids at Fenty’s residential address would normally be assigned is West Elementary. Lafayette is in one of the best parts of the city. It gets a 10 out of 10 rating...
  • Community Organizes for Vouchers

    08/25/2009 8:11:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 233+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 25, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Community Organizes for Vouchers by: Anthony Kang, August 25, 2009 On August 20th, dozens of elementary students and parents gathered in front of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in a daytime vigil organized by D.C. Parents for School Choice as part of their SaveThe216 campaign to save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The D.C. OSP is part of a three-sector education initiative for public schools, charters schools, and OSP participants. The program, which provides low-income children with scholarships of up to $7,500 allowing parents to choose the education they believe is best for their children, was passed...
  • Feinstein/Collins: Extension of 'Cash for Clunkers’ Program Must Adhere to Higher Fuel Efficiency

    08/03/2009 4:59:17 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 20 replies · 1,941+ views ^ | 07/30/09 | difi/collins
    Washington, DC – On the heels of news that all of the $1billion in funding appropriated for the “Cash for Clunkers” or “CARS” program has been exhausted, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today stated that any extension of the program must adhere to higher fuel efficiency and greater emissions reductions. Senators Feinstein and Collins, along with Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) previously authored an alternative “Cash for Clunkers” proposal that would have achieved 32 to 38 percent greater oil savings and emissions reductions than the enacted program. Following is a joint statement from Senators Feinstein and Collins: “The...
  • Choice, Not Echo

    12/17/2008 5:38:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 339+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 17, 2008
    Education: Barack Obama's choice for education secretary tried to run Chicago schools like a business. As with most monopolies without competition, the result was an inferior product at high cost.Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools since 2001, has garnered much praise for his efforts to improve them. But his efforts have largely amounted to pouring new wine into old bottles with little to show for them. Duncan holds a degree in sociology, not education. He supports higher teacher pay and more training but has done little to loosen the teachers' unions' grip on education. Like the UAW, these...
  • My Health Care Freedom Plan (Jim DeMint)

    07/22/2009 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 635+ views ^ | July 8, 2009 | Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
    In many ways, our health care system is broken. Even people satisfied with their own care are nervous about losing it, concerned about rising costs, and frustrated by the failure of government to bring about genuine reform. But the reason Congress has so far been unable to fix our health care problems is that Congress is too busy creating the problems in the first place. That’s why the current proposals emanating from the White House and congressional Democrats won’t work either. Those proposals would hand over the most personal, private undertaking of our lives — health care — to the...
  • CalPERS Expected To Report Losing Nearly One-Quarter Of Investment Portfolio [$56.8 B Loss]

    07/20/2009 9:29:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 1,253+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 20th 2009
    CalPERS expected to report losing nearly one-quarter of investment portfolio The estimated $56.8-billion drop at the U.S.' largest pension fund, the second annual loss in a row, would have a huge effect on what state and local governments must shell out to support retirees. Marc Lifsher July 20, 2009. Reporting from Sacramento -- California's huge government pension fund is expected to report on Tuesday a whopping annual loss of an estimated $56.8 billion, almost a quarter of its investment portfolio. The loss at the California Public Employees' Retirement System for the fiscal year ended June 30 is the second in...
  • The Realities of ‘College Education’

    06/18/2009 4:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    The soaring costs of a college degree are prompting colleges to consider a three-year degree program. Britain has long granted a degree for three years of college. I would like to suggest a one-year degree program. And I don’t mean an associate’s degree. Here are some hard facts most colleges will never tell you and most parents could not tolerate hearing. The general requirements of the first two years at most colleges are what high school should have been. That is what junior should have learned had he not been busy getting high, getting drunk, and being socially promoted. Better...
  • Saving Milwaukee’s Best

    06/04/2009 5:18:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 627+ views
    National Review ^ | June 4, 2009
    Milwaukee is home to America’s most vibrant school-choice program: More than 20,000 students participate, almost all of them minorities. They have made academic gains and boast higher graduation rates than their peers in public schools. They even save money for taxpayers. Inevitably, Democrats in the state capital are trying to eviscerate the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. They’ve wanted to gut school choice for years, at the behest of teacher-union patrons who believe education should be a government monopoly. Until recently, Republicans have stood in the way. That changed following last year’s elections. Now, for the first time since the advent...
  • Protesters Blast Congress for Axing D.C. Vouchers While Sending Own Kids to Private School

    05/06/2009 2:56:26 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 932+ views
    fox news ^ | 5/6/2009 | fox news
    Supporters of a celebrated school voucher program in Washington rallied near the mayor's office Wednesday to save the scholarships from being slashed by Congress -- nearly 40 percent of whose members send their own children to private schools. An estimated 1,000 parents, children and community leaders attended the afternoon protest in Washington's Freedom Plaza, where they called on D.C. politicians to help preserve a federal school choice program that currently assists more than 1,700 students with scholarships worth up to $7,500. "Several years ago many of us in this good city worked very hard to get a program going with...
  • Obama's decision to end School Choice in DC

    05/07/2009 9:49:21 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies · 958+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | Editorial
    Fighting to save the District's popular school-voucher program, some 1,000 parents, pupils and politicians gathered near Mayor Adrian Fenty's office on Wednesday to protest Congress' plans to end school choice in Washington. That same day, the Senate approved a $4,500 voucher for cars, encouraging citizens to trade in their old automobiles for newer ones that burn less fuel. So, Congress thinks that vouchers for schools are bad, but vouchers for cars are good. Slashing school vouchers spares teachers' unions from competition. On the other hand, car vouchers are supposed to boost demand for cars built by the United Auto Workers....
  • One Small Leap for Vouchers

    05/07/2009 1:43:37 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 147+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | May 7, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I celebrated too soon. I heard that the President had changed his mind about school vouchers in D.C. and I was all set to cheer a great "change." Then of course, I hear that he has only suggested that the children already in the program continue to be covered until they graduate high school.*sigh*  Not the ringing endorsement I had hoped for, and wrote about in March. ( )But not all hope is lost, I think. After all, Barack Obama has promised to "fund what works." Yes, I can be an eternal optimist in some respects. Here is my latest pie-in-the-sky...
  • Obama Proposes Extending D.C. Voucher Program [flips his flop]

    05/06/2009 11:17:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 43 replies · 1,144+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5-6-09 | Shailagh Murray
    President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official who has reviewed budget details scheduled for release tomorrow. The budget documents, which expand on the fiscal 2010 blueprint that Congress approved last month by outlining Obama's priorities in detail, would provide $12.2 million for the Opportunity Scholarship Program for the 2009-2010 school year. The new language also would revise current law that makes further funding for existing students contingent on Congress's reauthorization of the program beyond...
  • School Choice is Not Just for the Rich

    05/05/2009 7:35:00 AM PDT · by ToddThurman · 5 replies · 291+ views
    The Right Voice ^ | 5/4/09 | Todd Thurman
    In the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill, there was a lot of spending and little cutting. Not much cutting, but one important cut that affects the poorest families in Washington, DC. Why would liberals, who claim to be the party of the working poor and the party of social justice, be against a program that only helps the poorest kids in the worst schools? That’s a good question. Why Mr. President?
  • This is Not Working (The Silent Majority isn't good enough. It's time for more demonstrations!)

    04/30/2009 12:17:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,482+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2009 | Robert West
    We have learned a few things from this presidential campaign season and Barack Obama's first 100 days in office.  First, and to our untold horror, we have discovered that Barack Obama can in fact successfully hide who he is and his vision for our country.  Prior to the election, any person of good judgment could readily understand who this man was and where he would likely take this country.  The signs were all there.  Now in power, he enacts his socialist policies in plain sight with little concern that the American public will strenuously object.  So why is it that...
  • DC Voucher Destruction A Stain On Obama's Honor, Credibility; Republicans Should Fix It

    04/24/2009 10:36:37 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies · 601+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 24 Apr 09 | Unknown
    I haven't posted about this until now because I'm still trying to get over the idea that the Obama administration would deliberately victimize minority school kids in Washington, DC over partisan politics. Outrage is simply to mild a term for what was done here. In case our readers have missed this, during the previous administration a pilot voucher program was set up in DC to offer "scholarships" (vouchers) to some 1,700 public-school students in the District of Columbia so they could attend the private schools of their schoice. The program cost just $15 million, which came out to $7,500 per...
  • The GOP Should Keep The DC Voucher Program Going

    04/24/2009 9:14:21 AM PDT · by daylilly · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Redstate ^ | 4/24/2009 | Erick Erickson
    One of our correspondents sent a link to this post on the DC voucher program with a very brilliant idea: if the Republican Party is serious about doing something to reach out to the black community by making a gesture on behalf of the 1,700 minority kids Obama has consigned to the worst public schools in America, they’d spearhead an effort to revive the DC voucher program using private funds. $15 million is not a tremendous amount of money to raise if RNC chair Michael Steele would throw his weight behind an effort to get it done, and I would...
  • JUAN WILLIAMS: Obama’s Outrageous Sin Against Our Kids

    04/21/2009 5:41:05 PM PDT · by pissant · 40 replies · 1,809+ views
    Fox ^ | 4/20/09 | Juan Williams
    As I watch Washington politics I am not easily given to rage. Washington politics is a game and selfishness, out-sized egos and corruption are predictable. But over the last week I find myself in a fury. The cause of my upset is watching the key civil rights issue of this generation — improving big city public school education — get tossed overboard by political gamesmanship. If there is one goal that deserves to be held above day-to-day partisanship and pettiness of ordinary politics it is the effort to end the scandalous poor level of academic achievement and abysmally high drop-out...
  • The Education President

    04/21/2009 12:45:03 PM PDT · by Earl B. · 176+ views
    The OC Domer ^ | 4/21/2009 | OC Domer
    Apparently when Barack Obama says he wants to be the "education president" he doesn't mean that he actually wants to provide a quality education to children. What he means is that his administration is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Education Association (i.e., the teachers' unions). Juan Williams has an excellent (and infuriating) column on how the Obama administration is dismantling a very popular and clearly successful school voucher program in the District of Columbia. This is a program that helps get poor kids out of failing D.C. schools and into private schools where they have a much better chance...
  • A Blunder on School Choice

    04/21/2009 9:39:06 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 04/21/2009 | Selkirk
    President Obama has never been a champion of school choice. Although he committed himself to be known as the Education President, he has never been shy about showing disdain for voucher programs that put parents, especially poor parents, in greater control of their children's education. D.C. has always been the exception, at least to some degree. Upon taking office, Obama made it clear that he would not take any action to end the D.C. voucher system. Facing incontrovertible statistics that demonstrate just how successful the voucher program has been in the Nation's Capital, he could not afford to take a...
  • Move Over, Miley. In Washington, The Obama Girls Are the Latest Craze.

    04/18/2009 11:13:17 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 32 replies · 1,192+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2009 | Ellen McCarthy
    The tween girls of the Washington area have transcended differences of race, class and wealth to reach a single, resounding conclusion: They really, really, really, really want to be friends with Malia and Sasha Obama. They lap up every shred of information about the first daughters, dream about meeting them and strategize ways to make it happen. Minivan rides and dinner table conversations are dominated by questions about the girls: What's their favorite food? What kind of dog did they get? Where can I get a coat like Malia's? "Sometimes I go up to my room and I just think,...