For the past five years low-income D.C. school children - previously captives of one of the worst public school systems in the country - have been allowed to apply for federally funded scholarships of up to $7,500 a year for use in area private schools. The five-year pilot program was approved in 2004 by a then Republican Congress. This school year about 2,000 students in grades K-12 used $12 million in scholarships at 54 private and parochial schools.
This was a rare example of federal taxpayers’ dollars well spent. But the program is about to expire, Democrats are back in charge and already Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s [non-voting] delegate to Congress and full-time toady to the teachers’ unions, told The Washington Post, “The Democratic Congress is not about to extend this program.”
Anyone with half a brain would be appalled at that possibility. But Norton thought it was all just peachy and has begun breaking the news to parents that the scholarships are about to end. [emphasis added]
Thursday, June 12, 2008
More editorial opposition to Norton's plan: Toady Edition
Boy, the editorial staff at the Boston Herald don't mince words. They are none too happy with Representative Norton's plan to cut the funding of DC voucher program.