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  • Voices of School Choice

    D.C. STUDENTS: SAVE OUR SCHOOLS

    Blocking Children’s Path to a Better Future

    • Congress Blocks Opportunity: Congress recently approved action that threatens to immediately phase out the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), a federal initiative that currently helps 1,715 disadvantaged children attend private schools in the nation’s capital.
    • Safe and Effective Learning Environments: Studies of scholarship families show higher parent satisfaction with their children’s school safety and learning environment. Test scores showed that students offered scholarships were performing approximately 3.1 months ahead in reading of students not offered vouchers and an equivalent of 3.7 months of total additional learning.
    • Traded in for Low Performance: Eliminating DCOSP would send these children back into a public school system that ranks 51st nationally in student achievement, where barely half of all students graduate high school.
    • President Obama Says: “[Education] Secretary [Arne] Duncan will only use one test when deciding what ideas to support with your precious tax dollars: It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative, but whether it works” (March 2009).

    A Less Costly Opportunity

    • Less Money, More Learning: DCOSP costs less per student than traditional federal programs and provides a better learning experience. The $13 million cost of DCOSP is a drop in the bucket compared to the $68 billon Department of Education budget.
    • Education for All: The stimulus bill alone added over $98 billion to the Department of Education. In fact, the $7,500 scholarships cost less than half of the $15,315 D.C. taxpayers spent per pupil in the 2004–2005 school year.
    • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Says: “I don’t think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning” (March 2009).

    Choice for the Fortunate Few

    • Congress Has a Choice: A 2009 Heritage Foundation survey found that 44% of Senators and 36% of Representatives in the 111th Congress have sent their children to private schools. General public enrollment in private school is approximately 11 percent. Yet many Members who practice school choice oppose policies that would allow low-income families to do the same.
    • Private School–Educated Congress: Approximately 20% of Members in the 111th Congress attended private high school themselves, nearly twice the rate of the American public. About 35% of Congressional Black Caucus Members have sent a child to private school. Nationally, around 6% of black students attend private school.
    • The Chief Architect: Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL), who crafted the language that threatens to end DCOSP, sends his children to private school and attended private school himself.
    • The President Is a School Choice Success Story: President Barack Obama, as a child, received a scholarship to attend a prestigious private school in Hawaii.
    • The President Exercises Parental School Choice: Obama chose to send his daughters to a leading D.C. private school rather than D.C. public schools. Why not allow others to make the same smart choice for their children?
    • President Obama Says: “And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that [my daughters] have” (January 2009).
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    11 Responses to Voices of School Choice

    1. Michael Lawand, Orla says:

      If they are so confident that our tax dollars should fix the current public systems as oppposed to vouchers, why will they not send their own children to them? Do as I say, not as I do?

      Well done Rory.

    2. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      How come this action denying the poor minority students to have the same choice as available to Obama and all other Congressional members is not racist?

    3. Jim Winn, Lawrence, says:

      When politicians, mostly Democrats, have sold their souls to the unions and, in this case, totally to the National (Un)Education Association and all of the money (92%) unions give to the Demos. Utterly shameful.

    4. Grace, Florida says:

      This is just another ploy of the Demon-Crats to keep America's impoverished children down and reliant on the Government. Obama and his croanies and the Teacher's Unions should be ashamed of themselves. Members of Congress and the President should have to send their children to public schools – See what they think. They talk out of both sides of their mouths.

    5. Donna, northeast Geo says:

      I've always thought this was the issue conservatives could "own!" To me it's an absolute no-brainer. I can't imagine any parent not wanting the opportunity to actually have the choice to educate their child in something besides a failing public school.

      The Republicans have really dropped the ball on this one, and this is a real opportunity to step up to the plate, if they're serious, and pound this issue home.

      Are we really to think that sympathy for the grossly under-performing public schools and the teachers' unions is enough to brainwash parents into opposing this?

      This is a gift! Let's get busy and make this "The Issue" in the 2010 election, along with the Fair Tax and term limits.

    6. Michael, Washington says:

      June 11, 1963, Governor George Wallace stood in front/blocked the schoolhouse door. Now Barack Obama and the congressional Black Caucus are doing the same, Wallace excuse was racism, what's their excuse? By the way I am Black and a product of private schools.

    7. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Predators always go for the yougest and oldest first, because it is hardest for them to fight back. Our Government is no different! How dare the Government tell parents what is "BEST" for their children anyway? Another guy and his 'Brownshirts' tried that, it didn't work out to well.

      If we take our brightest and most intelligent and place them with the lower motivated, and anger ativateted kids, who do you honestly think will have influence upon whom?

      Vouchers are the only way that Prarents have of controlling the Education of their Children. The Government, any government should never be given the controll and care of our children.

      Hozro

    8. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      We need to do away with federal funding for schools (and the Dept of Education) and let the states do their own job of education. Education both at the elementary, high school and college levels should be funded(public funding) by a voucher system, not by direct budget allocation to the educational institution. Obviously President Obama had the union in mind when he said funding for children depends upon whether it works – works for the union. The man is good with words but action is something else.

    9. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      I totally agree with Donna, northeast Georgia.

      I had previously responded on this subject by saying that the Republicans in the Congress and the party are inept in taking high moral ground on this issue and showcase the hypocrisy and racism of the Democrats in the Congress and the White House.

      I would have arranged for a huge demonstration with all the 1700 DC kids and others that are being denied opportunity to a better school right in front of the Capitol and invited speakers from the education field and the politicians such as Dick Durbin to address the crowd to explain to them as to why they are being denied a legitimate opportunity, the same opportunity that is available to all those Congressional members that send their children to a private school instead of the DC schools. I will start with Obama.

    10. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Schools of Choice for the Competitive Minds!

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