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  • Save the Children—in Washington, D.C.

    Speaking on education this past March, President Obama told Americans that he believes in only “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.”

    OK, great! Here’s something that works: the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It’s a federal initiative that is currently giving 1,715 extremely disadvantaged children a reprieve from the infamously awful and dangerous public schools in the nation’s capital. It’s supported by many local Democrats and Republicans.

    Previously near-illiterate children now read and write above grade level, test scores are up, and parents and children are thrilled with the safe and calm learning environments in the private schools they were able to choose thanks to the scholarships.

    Oh, and the $7,500 it costs to send a child to a private school for one year with the D.C. scholarship is less than half of what D.C. taxpayers have to shell out to keep that child trapped in a failing public school.

    Naturally, the National Education Association fought the program tooth and nail—and Congress is now poised to phase out the scholarships. Some students who had been accepted even received letters revoking that acceptance. President Obama—who had pledged to support what works—has not lifted a finger to save a program that should be a no-brainer.

    But everything is abstract unless seen first-hand. Which is why Let Me Rise, a 30-minute documentary produced by The Heritage Foundation and narrated by NPR’s Juan Williams, is a must-see (www.voicesofschoolchoice.org).

    Let Me Rise shows how the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program does much more than bump up test scores. Participating parents and students say the program has saved the children from near-guaranteed failure—in school and in life. The movie demonstrates with heart-breaking clarity how otherwise doomed children now have a fair shot at the American dream.

    President Obama said that, “I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that [my daughters] have.”

    Just a few miles from the White House, 1,715 truly disadvantaged children are finally learning and dreaming and growing and thriving. President Obama—now is the time to let the District’s other children rise.

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    16 Responses to Save the Children—in Washington, D.C.

    1. Rayford Davenport says:

      It would seem that in the heart of domocracy common sense could prevail.

    2. Jeff C, Rehoboth says:

      You honestly don't think that children rising are an acceptable side effect to sinking Unions?

      mmmm mmmm mmmm.

      Let's bury these results as deeply as we can.

    3. Grace, Florida says:

      Every child should be afforded this kind of opportunity. It has been proven to be effective and the cost is much less than what is spent on one child in public schools. Don't be surprised the President has done nothing to help – he don't want to lose the support of the teachers in the public schools. Obama could care less about children and their futures – just look at the debt they are going to have. This is one sure-fire way to help kids get going in the right direction and they are not getting the chance. A good education would mean they would have the opportunity to get off public assistance – but of course the Dems and Obama don't really want that – do they?

    4. Tim Az says:

      Let this be a lesson to all when liberals say they are doing something for the children. They have never benefited a child when they have said it's for the children. The children to which they refer to are themselves. Liberals know they cannot maintain power by allowing future voters to be educated. Liberals must keep the citizenry dumb and happy. They will accept them fat if they must.

      How's that hope and change working out for you?

    5. Greg, Vail, AZ says:

      It is arguable that the reason it costs so much less to privately instruct these children is that this school does not have to support an extracurricular sports program? I have heard that "sports programs pay for themselves". Well, I will concede this at the college level, but the pool of fans for local high and middle schools is to small to do this. I know I will ruffle a lot of feathers by saying this, but if you want pre college level sports, fund them solely with donated monies. I think I can safely say that school costs would go down quite a bit.

    6. LouisL cesar F LEVY, says:

      Every taught Child is a Won Man

      Every man opening a Book find a Wing

      And can fly Up there where the Spirit in Freedom move

      The school is as sanctified as the church

      The Intelligence can be Opened down here…

      The seed has the Right to grow

      The School in Gold change the Iron()

      The Ignorance in Metal() transform the Gold..

      These verses from Victor Hugo should be made workable at all costs if we have to assure a better relieve, when what we learned will make them smile because of their tremendous growth…Lets, make them grow.

    7. Jill Hetherington says:

      How can you practice plantation politics if people rise up off the plantation? The Democrat party supresses all the people they claim to care about and the people buy this garbage and remain living in slavery to entitlements.

    8. Jerry from Chicago says:

      I love the way Mr. Obama talks about what ideas to support with our "precious tax dollars". This from a guy who throws around our tax dollars like a drunken grand marshal tossing away strings of beads from a Mardi Gras float.

      Maybe there is a method to his madness. The more he takes from us in taxes, the more precious our few remaining dollars become.

    9. Bill S., Kihei, Maui says:

      To paraphrase George Orwell, "All children are equal but some children (Obama's) are more equal than others."

    10. Linda Carlsbad, CA says:

      Can you believe President Obama won't save this program. He isn't for the kids, he only cares about his social programs. If the kids are educated they won't need his hand outs!

    11. Pat, Vancouver WA says:

      Obama owes the NEA (National Education Association)for voting him into office. And, the NEA views anything other than a public school as a threat to the stranglehold the it has on American education.

      It is a cold-hearted person indeed who will block disadvantaged children from the education that will give them a real chance at life!

      May God have mercy on Obama's soul, and those of the NEA.

    12. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      The best education of any Child begins and ends with Honesty, obviously nothing this Administration knows anything about.

      Education comes from a desire instilled in our children to compete, to want to gain more knowlege, to have boundaries, to respect and learn from authorities, and to be rewarded for hard work and best efforts.

      This is something that our current Teacher's Unions know nothing about. If there are no losers in our American Classrooms and Sports, then it is obvious that there will never be any winners either.

      The annual costs per child for education should be given to the parents to select where those funds go, for the best results for their child's education.

      That is the only end result that counts, the education of the Child. If choice is given to the parents as to which and what type of schools the child attends, perhaps the Schools will learn to offer more than just pushing through numbers of head counts towards graduations.

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    15. thed, dc says:

      The underlying goal of the present administration is to shut down everything that is independently successful and replace it with government-run entities that work toward dumbing down society and destroying capitalism. I was a teacher in DC public schools and the public has no idea of how out of control the students really are behind closed doors. Many schools are filled with unmanagable, unproductive students. Teachers are overwhelmed by poor student behaviors and attitudes. The public shouldn’t trust the “test scores” – they don’t reflect the truth that is going on behind many of the closed doors of the public schools in DC or anywhere else in massive school districts. There are schools in DCPS that are truly performing well, but those are not the norm. It’s all a smoke screen to make the school districts and city leaders look like they are productive so they can keep their jobs and reap the luxuries of power.

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