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  • Morning Bell: The "Same Chance" Obama Had

    Outlining his educational policy yesterday, President Barack Obama said: “And I want every child in this country to have the same chance that my mother gave me, that my teachers gave me, that my college professors gave me, that America gave me.” These are wonderful words, but unless President Obama vetoes the $410 billion omnibus spending bill heading towards his desk, he will fall far short of living up to them.

    Inserted into the omnibus’ 1,132 pages is language dictated to Congress by teachers’ unions killing 1,700 scholarships that enable kindergarten through 12th grade students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. Conservative in the Senate fought to strip the provision from the bill last night, but were defeated by the liberal majority.

    The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program was passed by Congress in January 2004 and approximately 7,200 children have applied for the 1,700 spots in the program. A 2008 Department of Education study found that after just 19 months of instruction, scholarship students realized slightly higher academic achievement than those students who applied but were not lucky enough to secure a spot in the program. A more recent University of Arkansas study has shown that parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with their children’s experience in the program. Common reasons for this higher level of satisfaction included appreciation for the ability to choose their child’s school and the success their children are having in their new school environments.

    President Obama and his administration are very familiar with the empowering benefits school choice brings to families struggling to educate their children. Growing up in Chicago, Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attended a private school. Growing up in Hawaii, President Obama attended a private school. Growing up first in Chicago, and now in Washington, Obama’s two daughters attended and still attend private schools. In fact, two of Obama’s daughter’s classmates are able to attend Sidwell Friends thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. By signing the omnibus spending bill, Obama will be denying these children the “same chance” he had as a child.

    Some in the media are portraying Obama’s speech as “tough talk on teachers” since the president said he wanted to spend additional money on “effective” teachers. But the teachers unions were in no way disappointed with what Obama actually said. National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel said: “I think people are putting words in his mouth and jumping to conclusions about what he supports.” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten added: “The devil is in the details, and it is important that teachers’ voices are heard when we implement the president’s vision.”

    Well the voices of teachers unions are already being heard, and unless President Obama does something about it, those voices will cost 1,700 children the “same chance” President Obama had to school choice.

    Quick Hits:

    • The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday plans to establish a nationwide system for tracking greenhouse gas emissions that would cover about 13,000 facilities.
    • A “vast new left-wing conspiracy” including “officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups” convene a conference call every morning hosted by Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Media Matters Action Fund.
    • President Obama again broke his promise to the American people not to hire lobbyists, issuing two more waivers for formally registered lobbyists to work for his administration.
    • More and more banks are rejecting help from the federal government calling the strings attached to the funds “social engineering.”
    • After an undercover investigation, four officials of the pro-suicide group Final Exit Network were arrested last month on charges of racketeering and assisted suicide.
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    23 Responses to Morning Bell: The "Same Chance" Obama Had

    1. Pat Semeraro, George says:

      My heart is so grieved by the audacity and the elitist attitude of the new President and his administration. God help us all.

    2. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      The solution to the education problem

      ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE TAUGHT BY

      "THE BEST TEACHER"

      In this country – education is compulsory – learning is optional

      THE WAY TO GIVE ALL STUDENTS THE BEST TRAINING IN ANY SUBJECT.

      Why don't they take THE BEST Teacher for EACH subject, and Videotape their class.

      Then, play the video in EVERY CLASS ROOM, for that subject, in the state, and on PBS.

      As an example, let's use Freshman High School English.

      Make Each Video 30 minutes.

      The video would be played at the Beginning of each class

      and the Remainder of the class time would be used for an

      IN CLASS teacher to discuss the tape, and answer questions.

      If a Student missed a class, they would be REQUIRED to watch those tapes.

      That way EVERY student of Freshman English, in EVERY school in NV would get the same information.

      ===

      ALL States should have a Goal to be the

      BEST STATE IN THE UNION.

      To be the Best State

      we Need the Smartest People.

      To have the Smartest People

      they must be the BEST EDUCATED.

      To get the Best Education

      we Need the Best Teachers.

      We get the BEST Teachers

      by paying them better than any other state.

      At present, there is NO goal.

      Ken Jarvis

      LVKen7@gmail.com

    3. Richard Cancemi,Arli says:

      Obama is a hypocrite and has never been open or honest since he first appeared on the scene. When he is not telling an outright lie, he uses words to obfuscate, thus fooling his naive "disciples"!

      As long as we continue to have an ignorant majority voting democratic, and thus unwittingly socialistic, America will continue it decline into despotism.

    4. laura georgia says:

      this is really not looking/getting any better now i to fear for America & my children & grandchildren this is not good im usually the one who has the hope & faith now all i have are my prayers

    5. Nelia, Fountain Hill says:

      Although I support charter schools, it seems to me the NEA and government programs eagerly support and fund alternative opportunities for education rather than mend the disaster that has become the public school. Putting band aids on any major problem merely perpetuates a bad situation. Perhaps public education is past the point of no return thanks to meddling and revisioning; however, more concern must be addressed to ALL children's schooling in this nation. They are the future.

    6. Ron, Derry NH says:

      If only Shakespeare were around today to document this farcical nonsense.

      We are experience one of the most eloquent bamboozlers of our day. On one hand, his charisma holds such charm, that the willing and the naive throw down their defenses and follow his mesmeric words to an outcome of epic enslavement, of debt and servitude to the fascist will of the state; on the other hand Americas once fabled liberty, freedom and justifiable distrust of the government are put on the defensive as he shows that Washington never changes!

      The best and most devious of us gains the most respect and with guile and deception plays the trickster with words unmatched with his deeds. A better serpent there hasn't been.

      Oh where is the Shakespearean tale of deception and guile to match this? The allure to have the government that will solve every woe, a leader who will lord over every need, and a people so willing to enslave themselves in hope instead of reality, that they are blind to the detriment that the slavery will bring.

      As corruption abounds, each side is pitted against the falsehoods of rhetoric madness and misinformation of each other, created out of their own jealousies and hates, inflated to a level of shrill deafening absurdity, ….and the band plays on, heralding the coming of the messiah!

      Only men of truth set other men free, by their words and their deeds.

    7. Terry Houston, TX says:

      How do we start a fund to pay for the two kids at Sidwell?

    8. Kent, Virginia says:

      I am currently reading a memoir by Clarence Thomas, a good and decent American that was targeted for destruction by the left. It is very revealing to read about this thoughtful individual and his struggle with the politicians and media while he worked for the Reagan administration. I recommend the book to all who would like to see how the lock-step liberals operate in Washington. The democrat demagogs are still spewing their class hatred and populist pap and their card-carrying ACORN recruits still parroting their socialist drivel. It is a historic shame that the first black president is a liberal fascist bent on turning America into just another debt laden socialist state.

    9. RM Florida says:

      Obama wants "higher standards" in education?

      What does Obama have to say about today's headline from his own hometown?

      "Violence claims a record 26th Chicago school kid"

      Chicago education was supposedly one of the FEW Obama accomplishments. What a joke!

      This country DOES NOT need Obama's standards!

    10. Bill Wirt, Houston, says:

      You bemoan the fact that 1700 underserved, low-socioeconomically disavantaged children won't have a chance to attend a private school in Washington, DC, then you attempt to compare that to President Obama, his daughters and his Secretary of Education attending private schools BUT you fail to state the facts: the 1700 scholarships are taxpayer funded while President Obama's mother and grandparents paid for his private school tuition and he is paying for his daughters' tuition at Sidwell Friends. I would assume, without contradictory information, that President Obama's Secretary of Education did not attend a private school on the public dole. Sad as it may be, these 1700 scholarships are expendable during these trying economic times we are all in. About me…I am an unemployed accountant who continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of a local charter school, a school located in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of Houston. I don't get paid for my service but I still believe in a strong education for all of our children.

    11. suek, so Cal says:

      Bill Wirt…

      Good for you! We need more citizens involved in local government. I've served as an unpaid school board member as well, and am of the opinion that all school boards should be unpaid, and limited to oversight of 1-3 schools.

      Your point on the taxpayers' funding the vouchers as opposed to others mentioned being paid out of private funds is certainly appropriate, but don't forget that the vouchers do _not_ pay the total of tuition fee – but make the total of the tuition affordable, or decrease the cost of any scholarships the school may offer. Additionally, it's my understanding that the $7000 offered as a voucher payment is between 1/2 and 1/3 (I've seen both mentioned) of the cost of that same student if s/he attended the public school, so the district – and the taxpayer – is actually coming out ahead if children are funded with vouchers.

    12. JERRY PUYALLUP,WA says:

      The Obama Administration solution to all problems is to throw money at it. Use money to send students to schools they have to probably travel out of their community to attend. Rather than try once and for all to fix the public school system.

      Separate the kids who are achieving and growing in the school system from those who are destroying it. Put money toward improving the public school system we all pay for so all our children can become the best they can be.Create jobs for the large number of drop outs that are coming out of cities like Detroit and Los Angeles,so they can become contributing citizens and have a better life .

    13. Sliver Wisconsin says:

      Create jobs for dropouts? So now we will have 50% of the kids working for the government and do nothing like the rest of the government employees with all the benefits that are enjoyed by the rest of them while us in the private sector who go to school to improve ourselves. WOW! Jerry, nice one. :(

    14. Bob R Geologist, Tuc says:

      I see that the EPA is set to begin monitoring CO2 at 13,000 facilities. Leave it to this obtrusive agency to waste government funds on non problems.

      In the 1980's they forced the closure of a mine operated by Eagle Picher in SW Wisconsin because it was discharging mine drainage containing 17 parts per million of zinc into the local drainage.

      If you routinely take vitamin/minerals supplements you are getting that amount of zinc into your system every day because its good for you. To emphasize the rediculous nature of this travesty, the ordinary rain runoff from this old mining district averages around 17 ppms (leached from the soil).

    15. P. Saunders says:

      I was taught that if I told a deliberate lie then I was a lier. If I was a lier then I could not be trusted. Why are people trusting their lives, their children's lives and this country to the lieing politcians?

    16. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Republicans constantly miss opportunities to draw attention to the hypocrisy of the Democrats (and their professed love of children)and destruction of 1700 minority students. If I were a leader in the Republican Party in the Congress, I would invite all the children to the steps of the Capitol and arrange a big demonstration with speeches that expose the Democrats and their destructive racial attitude towards poor neighborhood blacks. Invite the best among the children to speak at the Capitol at mid-day. Then offer to raise funds to support them remaining at their schools. Tell them in no uncertain terms, that is the kid of parental control over their education the Republicans would strive for- a sort of emancipation of poor minority students out of drug infested neighborhoods following in the footsteps of Lincoln.

      We have no leadership coming from the Republicans.

    17. Tony, Australia says:

      Just a question… are you people really this paranoid?

      The good people at the Heritage Foundation have just taken a single line item out of a 1000+ page document, place it completely out of context, cite a few very specific examples of people who will miss out becaus of this, and you all jump through the hoop like the obedient little lap dogs you are.

      THINK FOR YOURSELVES!

      Ask some questions:

      - If this program is to en, what is going to replace it?

      - Why is it being ended? Is it because it was an ineffective use of funds, or did it not achieve it's stated objectives?

      - What reasons do the Teachers Union (ie, representatives of teachers and therefore more informed on these issues than most of you) give for wanting to end this program.

      The Right Wing of America accuses the Left Wing of being unthinking demagogues, and then you blindly take the half-truths handed out by Heritage as Gospel truth and do not even think to question their motives and agenda.

      You are all ignorant fools, and clearly your education system has failed you because none of you know how to think outside of broad-brush ideological rhetoric.

      If you weren't the most powerful country in the world, it would be funny.

    18. Judith in Michigan says:

      In 2003, Detroit area businessman Robert Thompson offered the city $200 million to fund charter schools. The teachers' union howled and protested. Result? Funding offer withdrawn. Detroit now leads the nation in school dropout rate of 75% before graduation.

      Unions = money = power = control.

      Any more questions?

    19. michael hutchings says:

      LOCATION; THE ISLAND AND CAPTAIN OBAMA ON THE BEACH SIGNING DOCUMENTS MAKING 1700 NEW SLAVES FOR HIS UNION VASSALS TO TRAIN;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;WE HAVE DONE GOOD WORK HERE AND WITH THE STROKE OF MY PEN THE GRATITUDE OF THESE THRALLS WILL BE OVERWHELMING SO WE CAN PARADE THEM BEFORE MY ADORING SUBJECTS;

      AXELROD; yes my lord, we must raise the level of ignorance of these thralls by trimming off the top achievers so the bottom that forms our voting bloc will not be envious,this 1700 is a start, the homeschoolers are next;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA; THIS IS A START AND SOON NO ONE WILL BE CAPABLE OF CRITICAL THOUGHT AND BE A DANGER TO US,WE MUST TEACH THEM ABOUT DIVERSITY AND AS LONG AS THEY THINK ALIKE THATS ALL THEY NEED TO KNOW, OUR LIBERAL SERFS THINK THEY ARE PROGRESSIVES SO THAT BATTLE AGAINST CRITICAL THOUGHT IS WON BUT THERE ARE STILL THE SAVAGES TO DEAL WITH THAT BELONG TO THE AMERICAN TRIBE;

      AXELROD;easy enough,crush the savages with debt and open the borders to cheap labor and take down their strongholds in the middle class;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;MORE AXELROD MY LEG IS TINGLING;

      AXELROD;take their guns and their ability to defend themselves and force them to come to us for what they need,it will be like feeding corn to deer,they keep coming back to be fed and we own them;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;MORE,AXELROD I CAN ALMOST TASTE THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS ENEMIES;

      AXELROD;those that are judged correct and write learned papers will rule over that indecorious pack of upstarts and we shall cast the world in our own image.cant you see it master;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;YOUR HOT AXELROD I CAN SEE ELEVATED WORM STATUS IN YOUR FUTURE,CONTINUE WHILE I CHECK MY BLACKBERRY;

      AXELROD;it gets better,our enemies think we actually care whether we pay down the deficits and have concern about their children being forced into penury,penury master,i love the word thats what we will do and charge high taxes we will call fees to battle the natural inclinations of the planet and call it climate change because who can know what that is;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;BRING IT HOME AXELROD I HAVE A MEETING WITH THE LORD OF THE FLYS,OR IS IT FLIES, TOMORROW AND STILL CANT FIGURE OUT WHAT HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO TELL ME,GO ON TALK FAST AXELROD,I WILL GIVE YOU YOUR OWN STRING OF SCHOOLS AND LET YOU INDOCTRINATE THE THRALLS IN YOUR OWN IMAGE;

      AXELROD;in my own image and not yours?

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I GOT CARRIED AWAY THE LAST THING WE NEED ARE STUDENTS THAT MIGHT LEARN TO THINK AND MAY CHALLENGE OUR SOCIALIST REVOLUTION;

      AXELROD;lets open the frontiers of the american dream and alter it until it is a nightmare like the one people fled to get here;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I AM HAVING A LORD OF THE FLIES MOMENT axelrod BUT STILL CANT GRASP WHAT HE WANTED ME TO THINK ABOUT. IF IT IS BEYOND MY GRASP AS GRASPING AS I AM IT IS NOT WORTH GRASPING AT ALL;

      AXELROD;victory is at hand and they will roll over and pay what we ask if we keep silencing their leadership and dumbing down future generations into obiedient serfdom and wormhood will look like an honor,the world will be ours and we can go further into debt and rule forever or until the bottom falls out and then start again because what we do never works and never will but thats not the point, we dont want it to work we just want that unworthy defiant rabble to take us seriously,NOT LIKE THAT BULLY THAT KEPT STEALING MY LUNCH MONEY AND MOM WOULDNT HELP ME FIGHT HIM AND DAD SAID I WAS A WIMP,BUT I WILL SHOW THEM,I WILL SHOW THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;YOUR SHRIEKING axelrod AND I WITHDRAW MY OFFER ABOUT LETTING YOU HAVE THOSE SCHOOLS, YOU MIGHT UPSET THE PEASANTS AND WITH NATIONAL HEALTH CARE WE CANT AFFORD THE RITALIN;

      AXELROD;forgive me my liege;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;WHAT DID YOU CALL ME;

      AXELROD;I CALLED YOU MY LIEGE MY LORD;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I LIKE THAT LORD THING BUT I AM NOT SURE WHAT A LIEGE IS,DONT USE WORDS I DONT UNDERSTAND axelrod IT MAKES ME FEEL STRANGE BECAUSE I KNOW EVERY THING AND WHEN I DONT KNOW EVERY THING THAT MEANS I DONT KNOW EVERY THING AND SINCE I KNOW EVERYTHING WHAT I DONT KNOW IS NOT WORTH KNOWING;

      AXELROD;i think your batteries on your blackberry are low sir or you teleprompter is looped;

      CAPTAIAN OBAMA;LET ME SIGN THIS BUDGET AND SAY WHAT THIS THING SAYS HERE FOR ME TO SAY,,,ONE GIANT LEAP INTO THE FUTURE WITH NOTHING TO COVER OUR A—-ONE GIANT LEAP FOR OUR CHILDREN RIGHT BACK INTO THE PAST;

      AXELROD;couldnt have said it better my lord;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;(consulting his teleprompter and chewing gum at the same time while reading his blackberry)(he speaks)LORD OF THE FLIES I AM STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAID AND ARE WE STILL ON FOR TOMMOROW;

      THE LORD OF THE FLIES; I COME TOMMORROW TO TALK OF MANY THINGS OF GREAT PORTENT;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;could you bring me batteries mine are low and the chinese still wont pull the ship of state off the reef and they are having a party because i hear them laughing over there, i need to talk to you about deep intellectual stuff s—–they went out again;

      THE LORD OF THE FLIES;HAVE NO FEAR I HAVE EXPERIENCE TALKING TO SOCIALISTS AND ITS ALWAYS ONE SIDED, REST AND DONT TAX YOUR SELF;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;tax my self dont worry about that, i know how to skim the gravy ,i am from chicago;

      THE LORD OF THE FLIES;I NEED TO SLEEP NOW ITS GOING TO BE A LONG DAY;

    20. John Ring says:

      And a Big Thanks to Senator Dick Durbin from Obama's home state of Corrupt Illinois. Will the Obama children miss the classmates that will be forced to drop out because they nolonger have a scholarship (voucher)? o'Well, back to the failing schools of Washington (DC) Public School District. I hope they remember the Republicans that fought for them.

    21. Dorothy Morgan, Okla says:

      Never mind….."The Tale of Obama" has just worn everybody totally out………….

    22. Ken in Santa Barbara says:

      Tony, Australia…

      They are very paranoid and reticent to read or accept anything with opposing viewpoints and would seldom disagree with the HF pages.

      You are spot on. They will ignore you, truth and accord for farsightedness, contempt and egomania.

      None and I speak to the authors and publishers as well as the flock here who will never attempt to impeach, lead, move and form a community of like mindedness in Texas or Arizona or see light in "The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation"……Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom,Corrie Ten Boom

      yours in seeking the solutions….not the problems

      ken

    23. jill.hetherington@ma says:

      Does our government really want us to be smart and well educated? Do you think it was smart and well educated people that voted for the government we have now? I don't. It was empty headed uninformed people voting for a personality and against a previous president. Just like dumb sheep without knowing any issues.

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