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.
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]

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