Monday, June 09, 2008

DC Federal voucher program doomed?

Is the DC Voucher going the way of the Dodo? DC representative Elenor Holmes Norton seems to think so. A staunch opponent of the 5 year old, federally funded program Norton promises that a Democratic controlled Congress will not renew funding for the controversial program.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said this week that she is working on a plan to phase out the controversial D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the first in the country to provide federal money for vouchers. Norton said she wants to proceed in a way that will not harm recipients. But she added that she regarded the program, narrowly approved in 2004 for five years by the then-Republican majority, as on its last legs.

"We have to protect the children, who are the truly innocent victims here," said Norton, who like many Democrats opposes vouchers as a threat to public school systems. "But I can tell you that the Democratic Congress is not about to extend this program."
Hold on, something seems wrong about that last paragraph... let me fix it.
We have to protect the children unionized teachers, who are the truly innocent victims here," said Norton, who like many Democrats opposes vouchers as a threat to public school systems union membership.
[ED: Okay, that's 10 minutes of time out for the snarky editorializing]

1 comment:

Jess said...

Brilliant. The same is true for UDC, where the union protects the union with little regard for education, students, or educational mission.