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  • Liberals Deny Opportunity to Schoolchildren

    President Barack Obama

    President Obama is a school choice success story, and 38 percent of those in Congress have sent a child to a private school. So why are they denying the same choice to low-income parents in our nation’s capital?

    The Obama administration and Congress have put the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program on a path to elimination. The program provides scholarships to 1700 low-income students to attend private schools. Students are making academic gains, and parents are satisfied now that their children finally can attend safe and effective schools.

    Ten days ago, Senator Joe Lieberman argued from the Senate floor for the scholarships, which have been nothing short of life-changing for many of these children. That didn’t sway enough of his colleagues to save the scholarships. What would losing scholarships mean to the students? Let them tell you: VoicesofSchoolChoice.org.

    Cross-posted from LauraIngraham.com

    Posted in Education [slideshow_deploy]

    2 Responses to Liberals Deny Opportunity to Schoolchildren

    1. Pingback: Supreme Court to Hear School Choice Case | Conservative Principles Now

    2. joeedh says:

      This has always convinced me too. I'm a victim of policies strangling any alternatives to public schools, which I was not able to attend. My mother home-schooled me and my siblings, investing her own time capital for two decades, postponing her own life and career in the process. Of course we still paid "tuition" for public school through property and income taxes.

      As you can imagine, opposition to charter schools and vouchers raises a huge "discrimination!" flag for me. Someday, statists need to learn their one-size-fits-all policies create new disadvantaged minority groups out of thin air, that did not previously exist. If vouchers had existed, even if charter schools had not faced such regulatory discrimination in the late 90s, things would have been much different.

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