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  • Will Anyone at NBC Ask About the 216?

    NBC News is on Day Two of its week-long series Education Nation. You cannot turn on any of the NBC family of networks (MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, A&E, Telemundo, etc.) without seeing Education Secretary Arne Duncan, or some Obama administration surrogate, flacking for the President’s education agenda. There are plenty of issues the journalists at NBC could be asking about but aren’t: the silent push toward national standards, the assault on for-profit learning, the waste in education spending. But most galling is NBC’s continued refusal to ask about the Obama administration’s war on school choice. The closest accountability moment came when an audience member asked President Obama a question on the Today Show:

    Viewer: “As a father of two very delightful and seemingly very bright daughters, I wanted to know whether or not you think that Malia and Sasha would get the same high-quality, rigorous education in a D.C. public school, as compared to their very elite private academy that they’re attending now?”

    Obama: “I’ll be blunt with you. The answer’s ‘no’ right now. The D.C. public school systems are struggling. Now, they have made some important strides over the years to move in the direction of reform; there are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system. And that’s true by the way in every city across the country. In my hometown of Chicago there are some great public schools that are on par with any private school in the country. But it goes to the point Matt and I were talking about earlier. A lot of times you’ve got to test in, or it’s a lottery pick for you to be able to get into those schools and so those options are not available for enough children. I’ll be very honest with you. Given my position, if I wanted to find a great public school for Malia and Sasha to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it. But the broader problem is: For a mom or a dad who are working hard but don’t have a bunch of connections, don’t have a choice in terms of where they live, they should be getting the same quality education as anybody else, and they don’t have that yet.”

    This would have been a great opportunity for Matt Lauer to ask about the 216. Who are the 216? Like each of the families in Waiting for Superman, thousands of parents in Washington, D.C., are dying to get their children out of violent and non-functioning local public schools and into alternatives like the Sidwell School that President Obama chooses to send his kids too. One-thousand-seven-hundred low-income D.C. school children have attended private schools with the help of the $7,500 scholarships awarded through this D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program.

    In the fall of 2008, 216 new low-income students were notified by the Department of Education that they had been selected to receive scholarships. These kids had their winning lottery tickets in hand. Then President Barack Obama was elected with the help of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. At the behest of Obama’s union allies, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent letters to the 216 families informing them that he was taking back the $7,500 in scholarship money that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program had previously awarded them. In other words, President Barack Obama tore up their winning lottery tickets.

    The NEA and AFT hate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program because it has a proven track record of success. The Department of Education released a study last year showing that students participating in the Opportunity Scholarship program had statistically significant better reading scores than students who applied to the program but were not offered a scholarship. The students that were in the program the longest showed notable improvement reading at levels approximately 1.5 to two full school years ahead of the sample group. Also, students that used a scholarship to attend a private school had a 91 percent graduation rate. Less than half of children in D.C. public school graduate (watch our documentary on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, Let Me Rise, here).

    Where are these 216 children now? Why did President Obama tear up their scholarships? What does the President think of DCOSP’s proven success? Why isn’t anyone at NBC asking any of these questions?

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    24 Responses to Will Anyone at NBC Ask About the 216?

    1. Hetal, California says:

      Remember also how, in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to increase college money awarded to U.S. servicemen from the Montgomery G.I. Bill while your more conservative counterparts voted against it?

      Way to support the troops!

    2. Bobbie says:

      Feds are destroying the minds of the youth. Stalling, manipulating, making it difficult and confusing. Without feds there wouldn't be a WAIT or corruption or wasteful spending or obama educational standards. .

    3. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      Hey Hetal in CA, the Montgomery GI Bill is not "awarded" to those who serve honorably or generally (but not dishonorably) but the new servicemember must make that election to "invest" $1200 during the first 12 months of their duty in order to take advantage of this earned "benefit". Even though they already make the committment to service based upon the needs of their particular service branch, they do NOT simply get that benefit like those that served in WWII until [Congress I suspect] came up with the "VEAP" program and later changed the GI Bill to require this investment upon entry on active duty. IF, by chance Obama actually voted for an increase to the benefit amount it would be one of the very few times he didn't vote, "Present" rather than a "Yay" or a "Nay" and is definitely an anomaly for the aforementioned ursuper.

      Generally speaking, the Sec of Education [as supported by the Safe Schools Czars & probably the remainder of the Obamanation of a real Presidential Administration] seems to be focused on promoting the presentation of perverted lifestyles such as homosexual, lesbian and transgender lifestyles in order to gain acceptance and turn those yet unable to understand what is being done to them as they are also led to openly revolt against their parents concerning everything including the gay and lesbian perveted lifestyle. Their other concerns include dumbing down the youth so they (the liberals & progressives) can more easily control them the entire remainder of their life as well as supporting teachers UNIONS rather than an efficient transmission of knowlege and culture that those licenced in pedigogy are supposed to be doing.

      This also follows their plan to aggressively pursue their version of Cloward & Pivens plan to bring the country down by creating excessive so-called "entitlements" and a society filled with people dependant on government programs just to survive. Youth who are well educated including the ability to think and reason as they are imbued with the rugged individualism necessary to replace dependency with personal responsibility do not meet the requirements of non-thinking "sheeple" they can control with the least amount of effort possible.

    4. CM, Seattle says:

      Hetal, so because some "more conservative counterparts" voted against something that has nothing to do with the 216 students who were awarded, then denied, scholarships, that makes Obama's actions acceptable? Can you please stick to the discussion at hand?

    5. Skip says:

      If NBC propagates propaganda, and nobody is watching, does the network make a noise?

    6. Greg B Vail, AZ says:

      What is it with the "everyone should go to college" crowd? Where are all the jobs for these graduates going to be? Why do you need a college education to be a short order cook? A garbage man, a steel worker? A stevedore, construction worker, a day care center worker? These jobs need to be done too, seems to me a college education would be a waste for these people. Let's face it, not everyone has what it takes to go to college. Some do not want another 2 to eight years of schooling. If you want to go to college, no matter your financial status, work for it! Skip a few years, earn some money to get started and THEN go. It is not the governments place to see to it everyone goes to college!!

    7. jim smith, yonkers, says:

      This administration wakes up every day to spawn yet another program that soon becomes just another large, expensive pile of compost. The commies in our midst, that collective of czars & czarinas make muck out of not-so-pure ideology and the walk away to muck up more muck. The Education Department is a prime suspect and the Congress is their unseen, non-working ally. The WSJ cited today that when W left office, the deficit was 4Trillion Bucks and now, after less than two years, Nobomunism has cobbled together 4Trillion Bucks in deficits. What a guy! Next, the Barter System.

    8. Lorenzo says:

      "Remember also how, in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to increase college money awarded to U.S. servicemen from the Montgomery G.I. Bill while your more conservative counterparts voted against it?

      Way to support the troops!"

      Are you a member of Congress or just someone else who failed to read the bill? The problem with the bill for most people who read the bill was that it included benefits to individuals who failed to complete a term of service. It wasn't about "the troops" it was about spreading the wealth even back then!

    9. TW. Washington, DC says:

      "Remember also how, in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to increase college money awarded to U.S. servicemen from the Montgomery G.I. Bill while your more conservative counterparts voted against it?"

      Wow, he actually decided to take a stand on an issue instead voting his normal "present."

    10. Joe Ruffino, Merrick says:

      Hey guy or whatever from California. Are you a veteran. If so of what military action or war. Do you know what was attached to the bill? Anything this guy has got his hands on has been screwed up and anti-American. Should be impeached.

    11. Leroy, Pennsylvania says:

      "Remember also how, in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to increase college money awarded to U.S. servicemen from the Montgomery G.I. Bill while your more conservative counterparts voted against it?

      Way to support the troops!"

      So supporting the troops is giving them anything and everything some grandstanding politician proposes?

      Come off it. The servicemen get a fair wage and good benefits. Any extra money awarded to them is just that, EXTRA. With the way our economy is, we can't afford any extras, so the servicemen will have to make due with their fair wage, good benefits, and the respect of Americans, just like they have for the past 200+ years.

    12. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      Most do not know that in the 40's D.C. had very good schools. If yur parents worked for the Gov't. you could attend school in D.C. and many from Va. And Md. did so, In 1948 this was stopped. I was not affected as Iwent to Catholic schools through 9th grade, but many of my friends attended jr. HS and HS in D.C. The question that needs to be asked is WHY Maryland and Virginia schools improved and D.C. schools deteriated?? I do not believe Fed. Gov't. should be interfering with states rights, but I do believe ALL states need to take a long, long look at the schools, see what is being taught,or not taught, find out WHY it cost MORE to educate a child in public school than in Catholic school.

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    14. Jean Dumont, Frankli says:

      Remember also how, in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to increase college money awarded to U.S. servicemen from the Montgomery G.I. Bill while your more conservative counterparts voted against it?

      Way to support the troops!

      I just did some checking and the house passed this amendment 416-12 and the senate passed the final version of the bill 92-6. Since there were more then 18 republicans in the house and senate, looks like this bill had just about unanimous support from both sides. Yes, there was a bit of controversy before hand as it looks like McCain had his own bill (that also would've raised the amts the troops would've gotten for education) and there were other concerns but lets not pretend that republicans didn't care about the troops.

      The case of the DC Scholarship program is completely different as there was absolutely no reason to take the program away except as payback to the unions that put Obama in office. As Nancy Pelosi has said: "I love numbers, they are so precise" and the numbers about the scholarship program prove that it was working.

    15. TJS, FL says:

      Democrats need lots of stupid voters. Government schools are fabricating them right now. I say – Voucher for everyone, let parents choose any school they want.

    16. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Well said Wildcat from Pa. It seems many on 'the left" never let facts get in the way of a statement. The more I have become involved in politics (I ran for politcal office at the local level) the more I realize the fabrications made in statements by "the left" that are simply false. The mistake made is that there people who "fact check" the statements who then document the distortions. And when you are involved in the first person it becomes even more obvious.

    17. Spearshaker, Glendal says:

      Maybe, just maybe, if the bills that emanate from congressional halls were indicative of their Title and didn't have earmarks and pork subterfuge attached by those members of congress that value their re-election more than the oath taken when they were sworn in, there would be more support for things like education and GI bills.

      Some Conservatives at least try to separate the "chaff from the wheat"!

      I can't believe that the general "run of the mill" Senator or Representative doesn't realize that as time goes by more and more citizens are ON TO THEM! It's just a shame that the voting times are so infrequent. Memories fade–They know it–and so

      life as it is goes on!

    18. elaine says:

      So… let me get this straight. 216 students were given the opportunity to attend private schools in DC, rather than remain in the failling public school system, and this is somehow unfair, because EVERYONE can't have the same opportunity.

      But Obama's daughters can attend a private school in DC because…? Isn't it unfair of them to benefit from their father's position, when so many others who lack such connections have to settle for attending public schools? Why is it okay for him to use his connections to get his kids into the best private schools in DC, but it's somehow not okay for him to use his connections to get them into the "good schools" within the public system?

      Why is holding a lottery unfair, but having money to take your kids out of the system isn't? Or is it not unfair for the wealthy to skip public schools only when it's the rich on the progressive left?

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    20. Michael E. Banyacki says:

      The NEA is nothing more than a leftest leaning organization that will do everything in its power to disrupt positive advances made by programs that help low level income parents children. The more poorly a school is run, has low testing scores, the better they like it because they can reach out to their Congressional leaders to request more money to support the bureaucracy of a failing educational system. And who seems to get a lot of this money that's supposed to go towards education? Why the Administrators of course…Somehow, there should be a continued effort by the news media to focus on the plight of the 216…

    21. Erin, Pennsylvania says:

      Hetal, in CA, as a service member, I could not afford to go back to school on the MGibill. The amount of money given per month doesn't even come close to paying for an education at a decent school. It would cover the costs of a community college. In 2008, the conservatives voted into place the new post 9/11 GiBill that is closer to the benefits that the WWII veterans received, but not quite as good. The new GIBill does not require a service member to pay into it like the old Montgomery did, and it covers the full cost of tuition in the most expensive in-state school. Plus, I get a living allowance and book stipend. Under the Montgomery, even if they increased the rates, which they do every year, pays about half the tuition with no living allowance or book stipend. So, thank you President Bush for that. Also, Obama wants Military members to pay for their own health insurance, instead of having it as a benefit. So, he doesn't want to give more money to the troops, but take it away.

    22. c brown usa says:

      216 is 6x6x6. Obama, born on calender day 216, at latitude 216, his name (apparently) in Bible Chapter 216, first AND last names in Bible verse 6,606, passed "Obamacare" with required 216 votes in congress, names his daughter "Natas ha"(spell it backwards), comes from the midst of the sea, descendant of the Roman General Titus (apparently), and "confirmed a covenant with many" on October 29 , 2008 at 8pm EST (the exact time set in scripture to the day and minute).Do you know WHO this man is ? Who is he ? Dan. 9:27. Daniel, only Bible Book that uses the word "President". Did the Illinois lottery hit "666" on the day of Obama's election ? Of course.

      These are the kind of things one reads on the internet…….All of this 216 and 666 stuff is designed to perpetuate these issues about Mr Obama.

    23. and2therepublic, ill says:

      "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." – Calvin Cooledge

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