Score one for typical Washington politics. The Washington DC vouchers program was defeated in the senate last week by a 58-39 vote. Last week I wrote about how important this program was to kids on the lower economic scale. I know that I benefitted from a school where education was a priority and discipline and values were always a part of the curriculum. Private schooling does not work for every child, but the kids in the Washington DC area had a chance to try something new. What’s more, if the public school system complains of overcrowding, wouldn’t they benefit with some kids going to a different school? Well the votes are in. Here are the senators that sent these kids back to a failed school system:
Feinstein (D-CA) Gillibrand (D-NY)
Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL)
There are good arguments on both sides. I know the unions spent a lot of money trying to shut this down. But the most compelling argument for the DC Voucher program was that it was working. We’re one country – and this week we defunded a program that was working, and sent kids into another program that was not working so well. Change we can believe in?