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    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: School Choice Was Not Forced on District

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Former-Mayor Tony Williams is the first speaker on panel two. He takes on the common charge that the voucher program was forced on the district by the congress. He says that’s not true, listing the broad support the program had among district leaders at the … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: The Cowardice of Big Labor

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Sen. George Voinivich (R-OH) is giving his statement. He talks about the history. He explains how he signed into law the Cleveland school voucher program as governor. He explains how he had to fight the special interest groups like the NEA. He says that the … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Safety Should Be a Top Priority

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Tiffany Dunston says the opportunity scholarship has allowed her to go to college. Sen Lieberman pointed out that she was a valedictorian at arch Bishop Carroll high school. She explains that her nephew, who was on track to go to college, was killed too. She … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Secretary Duncan's Hypocrisy

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Latasha Bennett is the first witness to testify. She explains that she has two children. One is a scholarship student in elementary school. Her younger child is entering kindergarten and can’t get a scholarship. She explains that she is disabled and unable to work and … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Big Labor Doesn't Bother Defending Themselves

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) opening statement paraphrased: We tried to make this a balanced hearing, and we invited six represenatitves if the opposition, but no one agreed to testify against it. He noted that they would hear from the evaluator who conducted the department of … More

    Washington Post: Continue the School Choice Program that Works

    The Washington Post published another excellent editorial highlighting yesterday’s school choice rally in D.C. and the news that the Obama administration now supports allowing students currently in the scholarship program to continue in their provide schools: Powerful evidence of the worth of the D.C. school voucher program was on display … More

    Not Giving School Choice Its Due

    The Hill reports that President Obama’s contribution to Sidwell Friend’s recent fundraising auction was less than impressive, if not downright disappointing. The school, which is home to first daughters Malia and Sasha, holds the auction to fund scholarships for low-income children whose families cannot afford tuition at the elite school. … More

    Morning Bell: The Audacity of Hypocrisy

    President Barack Obama may have written a best-selling book with the word “audacity” in the title, but so far Education Secretary Arne Duncan is the member of his administration that best embodies that word. Secretary Duncan wrote in the Wall Street Journal this week “When parents recognize which schools are … More

    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 … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama's Foundation of Straw

    Stealing from the Sermon on the Mount to defend his administration’s economic record this Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to “build our house upon a rock” instead of “the same pile of sand” it had been built on before. In Obama’s hands, the teachings of Jesus become just another … More