Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Save D.C.'s Vouchers

WaPo reported Better schools. Higher scores. And satisfied parents.
And a very ticked off teachers union that can't stand the competition.
That's the record of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It is helping us keep our promise to leave no child behind in America. If Congress is thinking of breaking this promise, the nation deserves to know the story.
They certainly won't get the truth.
Signed into law by President Bush four years ago, the program is the first to provide federally funded education vouchers to students. It awards up to $7,500 per child for tuition, transportation and fees; in 2007-08 it enabled 1,900 students from the underperforming Washington public school system -- the highest total yet -- to attend the private or religious schools of their choice.
If the teachers unions would just encourage their schools to improve, they could compete with the private and religious schools


Anonymous said...

There is more to this than meets the eye. Monies appropriated to school districts, never get "directly" to the students. Just take a good, long hard look at what is really happening. More money goes to administrators (and teachers who shouldn't have permanent tenure,) than to students. There are no books, because copy machines do the work. It sickens me to think that our taxpayers money and any monies that are "suppose" to get to the children, somehow gets into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, like other situations, and you can also equate this to big business - the big wigs in any situation come first and get the big bucks. Schools today are run like major corporations. Corruption is everywhere.....for every tax dollar I paid in my lifetime, I would like to have a half a penny back - I would then be a very rich person....ANON

Anonymous said...

Some school districts, even in expensive locals, do NOT have bus service. I still have not figured this one out yet! ANON