(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
Arne Duncan came out against destroying the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program yesterday. “I don’t think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning,” Duncan told the AP. “I think those kids need to stay in their school.”
Bravo, although some are interpreting this statement as simply supporting a kinder gentler bleed down of the program. Duncan’s position will however be less disruptive to the lives of students, and will allow the evaluation of the program to continue. Many Democrats, including President Obama at times, have expressed a willingness to support vouchers depending upon the results of research.
So far it appears to me from my distant perch in the hinterlands that Obama is making the same mistake as Dubya in allowing the Congressional wing of his own party run things once they had a majority. Nancy Pelosi = Tom Delay ergo Barack Obama = George W. Bush.
Yes, well, I hope not too. Let’s see what happens next.