Where are the advocates of DC local control now?
Earlier this month a majority of DC City Council members wrote a letter to Arne Duncan urging the continuation and expansion of the DC voucher program.
And today a new poll of DC voters is being released showing that “74% have a favorable view of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program; and 79% of parents of schoolage children oppose ending the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.” (I’ll add a link to the entire survey as soon as I can find one. UPDATE: Here it is.)
Is the same program that Kevin “Too Cool for Private School” Carey called “the voucher program that was imposed on D.C. by Congress“? Did he mean “imposed” like how Congress imposes millions and millions of dollars on the DC public schools that the new survey finds “76% [of DC voters] rate … as ‘fair’ or ‘poor.”?
You just don’t understand their inside-the-Beltway lingo, Jay.
To comfortable white liberals, “local control” means control by the Democratic party machine. To Kevin Carey, the actual people who live in DC and have their lives destroyed by the policies he favors aren’t “local.” They sure don’t live in his neighborhood! They might as well live in Timbuktu for all he knows about their real preferences.
Question 12 has some dynamite in it.
69% of African-Americans favor charters, 88%(!) of Hispanics favor charters, and this was a surprise to me, 79% of whites favor charters.
Actually, there are a number of questions that portend rough times for business-as-usual public education. Question 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 22 all measure attitudes that can’t be too pleasing in the executive suites of the NEA.