White House Opposes Vouchers…
The new Voucher Movement (see last post) has been gaining steam amongst the “reformers” who are so unhappy (they say) with the state of education that they will do anything to dismantle it. In my opinion the reformers are after the stream of US Public school funding that has so far been off limits to them because it is ear-marked for our public schools and our public school students. But, this group is not easily dissuaded and the onslaught will continue until teachers wake up and find many strong voices who can educate TV Nation about what is going on under their noses.
My last voucher post prompted me to look more closely for a White House position on the matter and I found this:
While the Administration appreciates that H.R. 471 would provide Federal support for improving public schools in the District of Columbia (D.C.), including expanding and improving highquality D.C. public charter schools, the Administration opposes the creation or expansion of private school voucher programs that are authorized by this bill. The Federal Government should focus its attention and available resources on improving the quality of public schools for all students. Private school vouchers are not an effective way to improve student achievement. The Administration strongly opposes expanding the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and opening it to new students. Rigorous evaluation over several years demonstrates that the D.C. program has not yielded improved student achievement by its scholarship recipients compared to other students in D.C. While the President's FY 2012 Budget requests funding to improve D.C. public schools and expand high-quality public charter schools, the Administration opposes targeting resources to help a small number of individuals attend private schools rather than creating access to great public schools for every child.
At least someone is paying attention over at the WH. I hope someone passes the memo to Arne Duncan who seems to have never met a “reform” proposal he didn’t like, unless of course, they come from teachers.