The Chicago Tribune on DC Vouchers

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Old Illinois hands Durbin, Duncan and Obama loom large in the battle over reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program. Today, the Chicago Tribune weighs in an editorial named Do What’s Best for Kids:

Durbin told us he’s “not ruling out supporting this” voucher program. He’ll await further evidence at hearings to be chaired by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)

Sen. Durbin, Secretary Duncan, the evidence is piling up on your desks. The burden of proof is squarely on you to prove why, after so few years, we should stop—and stop evaluating—a program that is showing certifiable prospects of changing the futures of disadvantaged kids. You gentlemen know the embarrassing truth of what we’ve said previously: Opponents of school vouchers don’t want to snuff the life out of this program because they think it’s failing, but because they fear it’s working.

This is an excellent opportunity for both of you to acknowledge that you’ve been too hasty—and that if vouchers do work, the Obama administration will want to expand them, not quash them. As the now-president put it, we need to do what’s best for kids.

4 Responses to The Chicago Tribune on DC Vouchers

  1. […] Greene also has been rounding up other responses to the Obama-Duncan hit on D.C. vouchers here and here and […]

  2. […] save the voucher students even as it drives the knife into their backs. And the education secretary told the Chicago Tribune that he supposedly hasn’t ruled out supporting the program, almost […]

  3. Thomas Hürlimann says:

    I can not imagine that if Obama knows about this, he really would cancel such a program, except if he comes up with something even better for children of l.i., but what could that be? So, does he know? I could not find any official statement.

  4. Greg Forster says:

    Of course he knows. This was all over the DC media for weeks. The Washington Post wrote several editorials about it. Do you think Obama doesn’t read or watch any DC news?

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