DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Stands Up For School Choice

In the $410 billion omnibus spending package that just passed,
there’s a measure included that could end the D.C. Opportunity
Scholarship Program.

This should be a clear sign to every proponent of school choice that
teachers’ unions and their allies in Congress are willing to stop at
nothing to have their way – even if it means continuing to keep
children trapped in failed schools.

Started by President Bush 5 years ago, the D.C Opportunity
Scholarship Program is the only federally funded school voucher program
in the country.

It’s been a very successful effort, and it’s a sign that if elected
officials had the courage to inject some choice into education, there
is huge potential for improvement.

Too often, there are those willing to defend a bloated, failing
bureaucracy than to take bold actions and find solutions that work.

Mayor Fenty has now broken with Congressional Democrats, and has chosen to side with the children in his city.

He said that
“Political leaders can debate the merits of vouchers, but we should not
disrupt the education of children who are presently enrolled in private
schools through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.”

This is a victory for real change in education.

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