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A Small, But Important Victory For Republicans

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Bro. Curtis, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>

    Oct 25, 2001

    President Obama has relented in his opposition to a scholarship program in Washington, D.C., that allows poor students to escape failing public schools by providing vouchers that fund attendance at charter and private schools.
    "Thousands of families have taken advantage of this scholarship program to give their children an opportunity to succeed in life, and there's strong evidence that it's both effective and cost-effective," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement today. "I'm pleased that an agreement has been reached to expand the program, consistent with the law already on the books.
    Ninety-one percent of the District students who participate in the scholarship program graduate from high school, and yet the Senate Democrats voted in 2009, at the behest of the National Education Association teachers' union, to bar new students from entering the program.
    House Republicans succeeded in reauthorizing the scholarship program in 2011, but the president chose not to fund the program in his most recent budget request. That decision threatened 1,200 students who applied for scholarships this year....

  2. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
    Never did understand the opposition to charter schools. They increase the funding for the "official" public school students.

    How? For example, in WA State the state funding for public schools is distributed on a per capita basis but is insufficient to run a school district thus the school district "loses money" on every student and must make up the difference with local school levies.

    Levy money mostly goes to maintain existing facilities and build new stuff. Levy money does not go to charter schools but is paid by charter school parents so the public school kids come out ahead.
  3. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    Another example of union ownership of the democrat party.