It is a dangerous conflict of interest for any government to control an education industry which shapes the hearts and minds of future voters. School choice is crucial to breaking the state monopoly and restoring parents’ God-given right to direct the education of their children – which is why the Left so vehemently opposes it.
Though he sends his own children to private school, Obama cares more about pleasing his Big Labor campaign donors than he does about giving poor children a chance to escape failing schools and have the same opportunity as his daughters.
In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama spoke about the importance of kids staying in school and even urged states to raise the dropout age to 18. So it’s passing strange that his new $3.8 trillion budget provides no new money for a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., that is producing significantly higher graduation rates than the D.C. public school average.
The Opportunity Scholarship Program offers vouchers to low-income students to attend private schools. A 2010 study published by Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas found that the scholarship recipients had graduation rates of 91%. The graduation rate for D.C. public schools was 56%, and it was 70% for students who entered the lottery for a voucher but didn’t win.
Because the president’s teachers union allies are opposed to school choice for poor people, Mr. Obama ignores or downplays these findings. He repeatedly has tried to shutter the program, even though it is clearly advancing his stated goal of increasing graduation rates and closing the black-white achievement gap.