Obama's moment of truth
By Kevin Barnett
I applaud President Obama for having the courage to speak the truth regarding the D.C. schools and not hiding behind some alternative rationale for his family’s decision to send his daughters to private school. I think that with the state of schools in the District today, just about any parent would want to secure a better, more stable education for their children than what the city can provide.
What I found extremely discouraging, however, is that the Obama administration has denied that same opportunity to many D.C. residents by refusing to extend the D.C. school voucher program. Apparently his daughters should be spared from being stuck in poor-performing schools, but those same schools are good enough for everyday taxpayers.
This is especially troubling because many of the traditional arguments against vouchers don’t make any sense in the District. The schools are not severely underfunded and would not suffer from the loss of revenue. Why does the president deny this opportunity to students who need it, when through his actions he endorses the thinking behind the program that provided it?
| October 1, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, education
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