D.C. School System Bids Farewell to Vouchers
The D.C. voucher program -- like all attempts to rescue poor, underprivileged, minority children from failing public schools -- has long been opposed by the pro-equality-of-(poor)-outcome Left and the teachers' unions, which are strident in their opposition to any attempt to introduce competition and standards into American education regardless of the devastating impact that opposition has on inner-city minority populations.
"The free market voucher paradigm is a thinly veiled threat to public education," wrote Cheryl Lubin last October at Huffington Post. Liberals across the board agreed. Those at Democratic Underground hyperventilated that vouchers are part of an "extremist agenda to destroy public school education." In Florida, the state's top teachers' union went to court to prevent the state's citizens from being able to vote on the restoration of a voucher program.
Now, with time running out on the D.C. voucher program and proof in hand of its success, the Obama administration and Senate Democrats actively prevented the public from learning the truth about this program designed to pull poor minority children from failing D.C. schools until they had successfully terminated the program.
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) attempted to save the voucher program by offering an amendment to the omnibus spending bill that would have removed the provision ending the "D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program" after the 2009-2010 school year. Democrats were opposed to that amendment and it was defeated by a 58-39 vote.
Given a chance to put its money where its mouth is on a program that had been proven to be successful, Senate Democrats and the Obama administration instead chose to hide the evidence of that success in order to push their radical ideology.
It's an ideology that forces continued failure on poor minority children and families in order to placate powerful unions and to perpetuate the cycle of government dependency within one of the Democrats' most reliable voting blocs.