Childish politics over vouchers
Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) threaten to impose financial penalties on more than 45,000 D.C. Public Schools students over a $14 million political hot potato [“Senators tie funding for D.C. Schools to voucher program,” Metro, Feb. 17]. And perhaps more disturbing, The Post’s editorial board actually endorses this exercise in extortion [“Take the money,” Feb. 18]. Even my fourth-grader and kindergartner would know the inherent unfairness and cynicism of tying their educational aspirations to an issue in which they have neither a stake nor a voice.
Congress wants vouchers? Why not just appropriate the money to the U.S. Education Department and have it administer the program? It is, after all, a federal initiative. But to threaten education funding for 45,000 children — not to mention a reform effort the senators ostensibly support — over an issue that they themselves have the power to resolve? That’s just childish.
The writer is co-chair of the Local School Advisory Board of the Capitol Hill Cluster School in the District.
Marc Osgoode Smith, Washington
| February 18, 2011; 6:55 PM ET
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