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  • A Civil Rights Outrage

    National Public Radio Senior Correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams writes on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program:

    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 rates for America’s black and Hispanic students.

    In a politically calculated dance step the Obama team first indicated that they wanted the Opportunity Scholarship Program to continue for students lucky enough to have won one of the vouchers. The five-year school voucher program is scheduled to expire after the school year ending in June 2010. Secretary Duncan said in early March that it didn’t make sense “to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning…those kids need to stay in their school.”

    And all along the administration indicated that pending evidence that this voucher program or any other produces better test scores for students they were willing to fight for it. The president has said that when it comes to better schools he is open to supporting “what works for kids.” That looked like a level playing field on which to evaluate the program and even possibly expanding the program.

    But last week Secretary Duncan announced that he will not allow any new students to enter the D.C. voucher program. In fact, he had to take back the government’s offer of scholarships to 200 students who had won a lottery to get into the program starting next year. His rationale is that if the program does not win new funding from Congress then those students might have to go back to public school in a year.

    The National Education Association and other teachers’ unions have put millions into Democrats’ congressional campaigns because they oppose Republican efforts to challenge unions on their resistance to school reform and specifically their refusal to support ideas such as performance-based pay for teachers who raise students’ test scores.

    By going along with Secretary Duncan’s plan to hollow out the D.C. voucher program this president, who has spoken so passionately about the importance of education, is playing rank politics with the education of poor children. It is an outrage.

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    28 Responses to A Civil Rights Outrage

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      So the Teacher's Union backed the very people that are causing the problem and you are outraged? You deserve what you paid for!

    2. Diamond, ND says:

      A perfect example of out of touch left wing politicians telling us what is better for us when they don't have a clue! They could care less about individual freedoms, they want us to all be the same with no hope of getting ouselves out of our economic situations. Hypocrisy at it's highest level, since 38% of Congress' kids enroll in private schools.

    3. rich weirton says:

      Knowledge is power. Why does the government try so hard to prevent our kids from learning anything except for the pc crap that is nothing except government indoctrination of our children.

      If you thing our government "cares" about our children, you are wrong. Here's proof:

      1. Our public schools teach our children to be homosexuals. Our kids die of aids by the thousands…

      2. Our public schools send little children home crying because of the baby seals "dying" because of so called "global warming" (biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the people of the world)

      3. They take God out of the schools, so that the children will never know the truth about their real origins. No, Virginia, we are not monkeys uncles, we are created in God's image, by a God who loves us very much.

      Is it any wonder why the kids are leaving the public schools? If I was being lied to daily in school, I would leave it too. Why go to school if they only teach pc lies?

      Wake up American parents! Get your children out of the P.S. mess, and get them into a REAL school, or homeschool them yourselves.

      Your children will thank you for this when they get older and realize that the public school system is nothing but an arm of the Socialist Democratic National Committee.

    4. Barb -mn says:

      What is an obvious observance of this administration is they take away from priorities where the money funded it's cause. Using any excuse conveniently. Taking away means more for their "agenda" or pockets.

    5. ra,ohio says:

      The politicians have a health care program for life.

      They get 90% of their paycheck for life.

      Term limits and NO PENSION…That's what I say.

      They were supposed to be PUBLIC SERVANTS, right ?

      Who are the servants now ?…US. can you say IRS ?

      Keep in mind THEY gave a 17% raise to their staff effective soon, or maybe now, and a raise to themselves effective last January. It's our MONEY !

      The government doesn't MAKE A DIME ! They just take ours.

      I've never had a 17% raise in my life.

    6. ra,ohio says:


      You are correct.

      When Bill Clinton accuses Barry of being a Chicago Thug, you have to start listening.

      The elite in Washington are going to have their heads handed to them in the next election.

    7. FeFe, Balto says:

      The only way around any and all ills in education is to see per pupil funding follow the student. When will conservatives take this case to court?

    8. Grace, Florida says:

      Juan is outraged over education – when is he going to be outraged over the entire Administration and their methods to take over this country.

    9. toomuchgovernment, C says:

      You people voted for the retoric of 'hope and change' and 'yes we can' and now you are getting both! Just the way he planned….

      Obama will always bring an empty suit and no experience wherever he goes. Problem is people still believe what he says! Master manipulator!

      He made promises he had no intentions of keeping, however, there were lots suckers who voted for him although it was presented he was not qualified. No one wanted to believe, inspite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary he 'was qualified.'

      I hope everyone is now satisfied with Hope and Change and you have a little 'change-in-your-pocket' when he finished. God help this country. If he has caused this much damage in just 3 short months, what is this country going to look like in 3 years…???

    10. Jim@Redding,CA says:

      When are people going to GET IT? Obama & Co. have NO INTEREST in our children, us,

      our cities, states, or the USA. Grabbing

      up as much personal money and power as they can is their SOLE PURPOSE! ANY voice

      of dissent against them is being mocked,

      discounted, and ignored.

      We have still got some options: 1)We

      can act NOW by filing ARTICLES OF IMPEACH-

      MENT against each one (Republican AND

      Democrat) who has acted in opposition to

      the Constitution. 2)Vote them out next year (by which time it may well be too

      late)…3)Do what our forefathers did when

      faced with a tyrannical government.

      If we do nothing, we've got nobody to

      blame but ourselves. Unfortunately, I

      suspect that this administration has fig-

      ured out that most Americans will do just

      about nothing in the face of approaching

      enslavement except to whine and complain.


    11. Fizzy, OH says:

      The only reason this issue causes outrage from whom I would normally assume to be a liberal, is because this is issue is so blatantly obvious.

      We need to realize that this practice of saying what sounds good and then doing the opposite is a common practice for Obama and the libs. This is nothing new.

      - The 'stimulus' package will not help the economy.

      - Releasing CIA information gathering methods does not make us more secure and humane. (Side note: these very same techniques are used to train OUR military members. So when we use these methods on terrorists the training is now torture? Nonsense.)

      - Targeting "right-wing extremists" does not protect us from domestic terrorism. These are the very people that are most likely to STOP a terrorist attack and save innocent lives.

      - "Fairness Doctrine" is far from fair. It's an obvious ploy to silence dissently views.

      Theses are just a few examples of issues that should outrage everyone. Maybe now people will begin to see more clearly on all the other problems we have with liberal ideas. Doubt it.

    12. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      This is just one more example of the obama adminstration grabbing power. The more he is able to cause dissent the better chance he has of getting to a socialist style government, and his pay back to the teachers union.

      the state of Georgia has already yielded to the teachers union. During the last fisical year all state employees were denied any salary increase, EXCEPT THE TEACHERS, the rest of the stae had to take days off without pay, BUT NOT THE TEACHERS. This year it was indicated that they would have to loose pay, you should have heard the yelling, IT WOULD COST THEM TO MUCH. They already get a special rate on their health insurance, other employees do not, they have full retirement at 30years, all other get it at 34 years. All public safety employees are required to take mandatory drug test, the teachers UNION file suit as soon as the law was passed. the STATE SUPREME COURT SAID IT WAS AVIOLATION OF THE TEACHERS PRIVACY, but not for law enforcement, or other public safety employees. Guess the TEACHERS UNION is in the dems pocket with their donations.

      The same must apply to the school vouchers, the teachers are afraid they will loose some of their power.

    13. Loretta in Colorado says:

      Stupid people are easy to fool! It is, to governments advantage to keep those uneducated so they can make empty promises, foolish accusations that the OTHER party is at fault and continue on their merry way creating destruction where ever they go. We will continue to educate the elite ruling class so they can remain in controle and divide will continue to widen between the haves and the have notsl. So much so now there is a new group, the use to haves!

    14. Carol, Sheridan,OR says:

      If the Republican Party supports a program the Democratic Party will reject it, no matter how good it is for our children. We The People must do a better job of voting next year. We must vote on issues and who stands for what, not on who makes the best speech with a teleprompter.

    15. gon4beer, VA says:

      I have both Senators and my Representative in my Outlook Contacts. they hear from me almost weekly. As the phone calls and emails mount, I notice that I get more mail from each of them, which is good. My point is that while comments made here @ Heritage are useful, the best thing you can do is WRITE/CALL your representatives-they all want to get re-elected and they WILL listen. I can't wait for 2010-throw the bums out!

    16. Sherry in Gulfport says:

      We need to VOTE THEM OUT!!! All of them, Republican and Democrats alike….all need to go!

    17. Ben C, Ann Arbor, MI says:

      It appears Hugo got it right when he said, "Looks like Socialism is finally finding its way into North America. We are twenty years ahead of them."

      Next, Barry will push for the end of presidential terms limits so he can continue his benevolence.

      I have to give Barry credit – he has thought it all out. Control the media, control the schools, reduce the military, buddy up to our enemies. Lots of rhetoric and teleprompters but his actions speak louder than his words.

    18. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      Juan, stand by for much more in the area of dissappointment if you bought the "change" and "hope" mantra. It was designed to get votes not set a vision for America. As for what the Obama administration is doing – it's trying to ensure that we have them in power for so long as they crave it – and that's not a democratic republic as we know it.

    19. Mike, McLean, VA says:

      I don't often agree with Juan, but I couldn't agree with him more on this topic. This is just the latest hypocritical move by the Obama administration. Is this the "change we can believe in?"

    20. Jerome Zacny says:

      Mr. Williams, there are a whole lot of us out here who feel the same kind of outrage as you, but that outrage is not limited to Mr. Obama's actions with respect to public school funding. Our outrage applies to almost everything he has done since taking office.

      We cannot believe anything that man says. He is a congenital liar, and a dangerous one at that. This is the guy who was going to post every piece of legislation on line for five days for public scrutiny before signing anythin into law. He was going to take his red pen and line out 'earmarks' from every piece of legislation then signs an 1,100 page, $850 billion stimulous bill, with 8,500 'earmarks', within 24 hours of its delivery, without even reading it. This is a guy who promised that there would be no lobbyists in his administration. Well, I guess that depends on what the definition of "no" is. And this is the guy we are supposed to trust?

      This is the guy who campaigned in Florida, assuring Jewish voters of his commitment to Isreal, only to send millions in aid to Hamas. The is the guy who wants to make nice with Iran, whose leadership is dedicated to the destruction of Isreal. The same guy who was so proud to be an American while campaigning, is now so embarrassed and ashamed of his country as Presdient, that he feels the need to apologize for America to the likes of Hugo Chavez and bow from the waist to the King of Saudi Arabia.

      And what a judge of talent Mr. Obama is. He has installed a tax cheat for Secretary of the Treasury; a Secretary of State that begs China to buy U.S. debt, who believes diplomacy begins and ends with "give us a call if you feel like talking" and who believes that the United States is the reason there are murderous drug cartels in Mexico (something else Mr. Obama can apologize for); a Secretary of Homeland Security who believes that the real threats to America are returning veterans, those who are "pro life", those who support the Second Amendment and basically anyone who disagrees with the administration or its policies; and a Cheif of Staff who believes that " a serious crisis is too good to be wasted"(I guess Mr. Emanuel feels that if you can keep the American people scared to death about this or that, you can convince them to do anything you say).

      Mr. Williams would do well spread that outrage around to some of these other issues.

    21. mike baker Dallas Ce says:

      Obama is a racist. That would explain it if he were a Republican.

    22. Arnold L. Morin,Paye says:

      The moral imperative or should it be the morally bankrupt rears it ulgy head again a president that supports the killing of the inncoent whose only sin was suriving a abortion and in the same mouth wants to give murdering terroist trails in court instead of letting the military courts handle it ,now this silly ruling about private school vouchers ! The calls for impeachment should be echoing off the walls of congress unless they too are this morally bankrupt!

    23. Mary Howard, Indiana says:

      That "Hope and Change" thing, Juan, How's that working for ya?

      You are a very educated man (and I respect you) and yet when I hear you on FOX I get the "feeling" that you really buy into the Socialist agenda, don'u, Juan? And yet you are outraged by school vouchers that They "promised" and Did NOT deliver?? Little secret, Juan..none of the promises made by this Marxist administration will be honored. BHO and gang can't afford to tick off the NEA and actually do something about educating our young because how then can they "program" them??Think: Bill Ayres..THe MYTH of Global warming, etc. you fill in the blanks. Oh yes, somethings HE said he meant..like what he said to Joe the plumber…

      Liberals..WAKE UP before it's too late.

    24. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      "JUST WORDS"

    25. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      And when B.O. is asked about it,he knows nothing!!

    26. Robert in Pa. says:

      What really scares me is, that I don't think we are going to have the numbers to vote these people out of office and they know it. Think about it, they got over 50% of the vote this last time and they are planning, as I write this, on getting all 12 to 20 million illigals registered. I just hope that there is a contingency plan taking shape now.

    27. DZach, CA says:

      Contact your local TeaParty. Some of the independents and the uninformed, under-represented, and under-served are not too happy with obama. We can make change if the supporters of Constitutional Govt. make a stand. do not allow the bully in the schoolyard to scare you into not ACTING in your own best interest. God, Country, and Family are values that every American can get behind. Find your passionate issue and pursue whatever it takes to protect it. Find time to stand in the Gap for your children. Govt control over the people is unconstitutional. Let your voice be heard. You are not alone.

    28. Eric Nashville says:

      I have said it before: I AM SO GLAD TO SEE OTHERS RECOGNIZING THE TRUTH of this administration. The public school system and it's Outcome Based Education is nationalized socialization of our children to become global citizens (which means America-haters, humanists, tolerant of everyone except the religious, and "green" activists). For even more information on goals of liberals in our government, go to http://www.parentalrights.org.

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