May 25, 2011

YOUR DISTRICT, NOT MINE:

Why Republicans kill school choice programs (Shayam Menon, 7/19/10, The Daily Caller)

Chicago government schools are a disaster. Only 13% of 8th graders are proficient in math, 17% proficient in reading, the high school graduation rate is a little over 50%, and 6% of kids go on to get college degrees. In March, the Illinois Senate led by Reverend Senator James Meeks (D- Chicago) passed legislation to provide vouchers for kids in the worst Chicago public elementary schools to attend private schools. When the measure reached the House in May, Chicago Democrat Representative Ken Dunkin pleaded: “I’m begging you. Help me help kids in my district.”

If passed, the legislation would likely have produced the nation’s largest voucher program. However, nearly 50% of all House Republicans helped the Democrat leadership kill the measure. Why?


Because their constituents don't want the quality of their local schools threatened by an influx of black kids.


Posted by at May 25, 2011 5:37 AM
  

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