May 6, 2009

BUT IT DOES MAKE SENSE...:

Obama Proposes Extending D.C. Voucher Program (Shailagh Murray, 5/06/09, Washington Post)

President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official who has reviewed budget details scheduled for release tomorrow.

The budget documents, which expand on the fiscal 2010 blueprint that Congress approved last month by outlining Obama's priorities in detail, would provide $12.2 million for the Opportunity Scholarship Program for the 2009-2010 school year. The new language also would revise current law that makes further funding for existing students contingent on Congress's reauthorization of the program beyond its current June 2010 expiration date. Under the Obama proposal, further congressional action would not be necessary, and current students would automatically receive grants until they finish school.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan had told reporters that it didn't make sense "to take kids out of a school where they're happy and safe and satisfied and learning," but Democrats effectively terminated the program by requiring its reauthorization.


...to prevent unhappy kids who aren't learning from utilizing such a program? Man, those teachers unions really got what they bought: the Democratic Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 6, 2009 1:51 PM
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