DoE to DC kids
(Guest Post byMatthew Ladner)
The third year evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program is out, and the results are POSITIVE.
I’ll leave a discussion of the results to others. I’m feeling more than a little perturbed by the blatant Machiavellian politics surrounding the use of the report.
The Department of Education released this report today, on a Friday afternoon. This constitutes a completely obvious attempt to draw as little media attention as possible.
Worse still: WHERE WAS THIS REPORT DURING THE DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF THE PROGRAM?
Let’s review: the Congress essentially voted to kill the program a few weeks ago, this report must have been sitting on some bureaucrat’s desk in the department of education. A number of Democrats, including President Obama by the way, have stated that they are open to the school vouchers depending upon the results of research.
A few weeks later, the Department releases the study in a way obviously calculated to draw the least amount of attention. I’m starting to read the report, but the press release looks to contain some negative spin as well.
The future of 1,700 students at stake, after all, and such attempts at manipulation are simply sickening.