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Finally, A Move for Federal School Vouchers

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 Lost amidst higher-profile news stories last week was a promising proposal to let poor children escape under-performing public schools and get the education they deserve at public expense.

Under the bill, the vouchers would go mainly to students in poor schools that have failed to meet progress goals for five consecutive years or more. Parents would get $4,000 per year to put toward private-school tuition or a public school outside their local district.

The bill isn’t likely to see action in the current session of Congress, which ends in December. It’s likely to resurface, however, in 2007, perhaps as part of the expected renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Naturally, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, is against the idea. Its president, Reg Weaver, said the plan threatens “the basic right of every child to attend a quality public school.”

If Weaver was right, of course, there would be no need for vouchers – but he’s wrong, because the need is abundantly clear. School children and their parents should not be forced to accept an inferior education because of where they live. Parents should have an acceptable alternative for their children’s education – both for the kids’ sake and so that public schools would have the accountability that competition provides.


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