Building on the mention by the Mandarin about the D.C. School voucher program – The D.C. Council has recently sent a letter asking Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to stand with them in reversing the congressional democrats decision to terminate the District’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Dick Durban (D-IL) put language in a bill earlier this year that phases out the program next year unless Congress reauthorizes the program and the D.C. Council approves. Well, part two has happened. The majority of the D.C. Council is in favor of renewing the program which gives 1,700 underprivileged students up to $7,500 per year towards private schooling.
So will the congressional democrats reverse Senator Durbin’s amendment? On one hand, I’d argue that there’s no way. The democrats can’t appear that they’re waffling on this issue for fear of giving the GOP more ammo leading into the mid-term elections next year. Furthermore, they run the risk of alienating their teacher’s union base. On the other hand, maybe they could. In my opinion, it will have to be a “renovated” program with a new name. The spin doctors will come out decrying the old program as untenable and the new one “built for the future” with lots of “hope and change” for the poor children of the District. Unlikely.
As the Mandarin wisely points out, this is part of the self-victimization of the democrat party. We’re here to help, but only if it is our way….and if it keeps you loyal to us.
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