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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Gray is right about vouchers

By Christine Matthews, Washington

Regarding the Jan. 29 editorial “School vouchers”:

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) was right to oppose vouchers for D.C. students, if for no other reason than to agree with what District residents have expressed in the past. Most of us do not support a voucher program because, in spending extra money on a few students, it makes our school system more inequitable than it already is.

Those precious tax dollars, federal or city, need to be used to improve the entire system. And it is not for members of Congress to impose a voucher program on us any more than they would impose it on any other educational system.

By Christine Matthews, Washington  | February 2, 2011; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Vincent Gray, education, schools  
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Comments

It was okay for Gray to send his kids to private schools (and his grandchildren attend private schools) for a better education, but not okay for concerned parents who need vouchers to pay for a good education that DC public schools cannot obviously provide. This man is one giant hypocrite.

Posted by: faineant | February 2, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

If those "precious tax dollars" were the solution, DC would have some of the finest schools in the nation.

Do not enable parents to pick good schools for their children, you must hold them hostage for MORE dollars.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 2, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It was okay for Gray to send his kids to private schools (and his grandchildren attend private schools) for a better education, but not okay for concerned parents who need vouchers to pay for a good education that DC public schools cannot obviously provide. This man is one giant hypocrite.

Posted by: faineant | February 2, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Vouchers do something for poor families by making private education available to those who can't afford it.DC schools are notorious for their high expenditure per student with low academic performance.Money is not the issue.The teachers unions and Democrat politicians have battled vouchers for decades because they realize children are thriving in these private schools while their less fortunate neighbors languish.We have serious problems in our public education systems,particularly in urban areas.The teachers' unions and the politicians would rather waste another generation than allow something that offers competition...and is achieving results.Our president has his children at Sidwell which I don't criticize.However,his refusal to support vouchers reeks of hypocrisy!

Posted by: bowspray | February 2, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It was okay for Gray to send his kids to private schools (and his grandchildren attend private schools) for a better education, but not okay for concerned parents who need vouchers to pay for a good education that DC public schools cannot obviously provide. This man is one giant hypocrite.

Posted by: faineant
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There is a difference between parents paying for their child to go to a private school and asking the tax payers to send that child to a private school. If public school funds are being used to send some kids to private schools, the rest of the school district loses any benefit that money could have given the rest of the students. If you don't like the public schools, either figure out how to send your child somewhere else or work to improve the schools that rea available (or move).

Posted by: schnauzer21 | February 3, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Catholic schools and administrators of the faith have been trying for over a century to get public funding for their religious schools.

Vouchers provide exactly what religious teaching institutions have been lobbying for: public money.

Posted by: Greent | February 3, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

To Greent and anyone else who has a problem with vouchers being used at schools with religious affiliations:
Please be consistent. Do you also oppose the use of GI Bill funds, Pell grants,college tax credits, etc., for attendence at Notre Dame, Brandeis, Brigham Young, or Yale Divinity School? Didn't think so.

Posted by: parkbench | February 6, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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