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  • We Can’t Quit on D.C. Children

    Writing in the Washington Post over the weekend, self-proclaimed school choice supporter Jay Matthews argued that its time to give up on the D.C. school voucher program:

    My problems with what is formally known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are political and cultural, not moral. The program provides up to $7,500 a year for private-school tuition for poor children at an annual cost of about $12 million. Vouchers help such kids, but not enough of them. The vouchers are too at odds with the general public view of education. They don’t have much of a future.

    Mr. Matthews goes on to explain that the political opposition to vouchers is just too strong, pointing to recent defeats in ballot initiatives. But keen observer of American politics like Mr. Matthews should recognize that serious change takes time, especially when powerful interest groups are fighting to protect the status quo.

    Here in D.C., and in other cities, voucher programs are overwhelmingly popular. Just look at the long lines for scholarships whenever they are offered. In D.C., four children have applied for each available scholarship.

    Why might that be? As a parent organizer, I believe it’s because parents recognize that their children deserve much better than District’s generally low-performing and often dangerous public schools. School choice gives all families, regardless of their background, the power to give their children a safe and effective education. Even if the political winds are blowing against us, we simply can’t afford to give up in the fight to ensure that all children can get a good education.

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    2 Responses to We Can’t Quit on D.C. Children

    1. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Examine this guy, Jay Matthews. He must have an agenda that he is not revealing for his "expert opinions" on voucher programs. He would rather see kids fail in the union-controlled hell holes called public schools. I wonder where he is ending his kids to. Majority of these people that oppose vouchers to poor families are hypocrites, sending to private schools or upper class suburban schools.

    2. E. Allen Sprunger, H says:

      Having worked at a university for 27 years let me say this: #1 Vouchers like scholarships are a step in the right direction. #2 If mothers have the right chose whether or not to murder their babies they certainly should be able to chose which school they want them to attend. #3 There are many students who have been pushed out of their main area of interest (sciences for example)because of all the so called "required" coarses, mostly liberal brainwashing garbage. No wonder we're falling behind. Thank the NEA for that.. God Save America

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