American Elephants

Latasha Bennett, a Mom in Our Nation’s Capital, Has a Few Words for President Obama. by The Elephant's Child

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) filed an amendment to a tax-extenders bill expected to be considered today by the Senate. The amendment would reauthorize the Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. According to a press release from D.C. Parents for School Choice, it would “preserve the program for current and future students. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), are co-sponsors.

D.C. schools lead in violence, and rank among the lowest in the nation in academic performance. More than 60 percent of fourth-graders cannot read at a basic level.

The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget slashed D.C. Opportunity Scholarship funding, retaining only $8 million (after administrative costs) for scholarship recipients for the remainder of their time in the program. The president — who was a scholarship recipient himself — and who sends his own children to private school does not support the same opportunities for District children.   These are children who for the first time have found an effective education in D.C.

The teachers’ unions do not like voucher programs, and the Obama administration does not plan on annoying the teachers’ unions.  You might keep that in mind the next time teachers go on strike in your neighborhood.


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