As schools go, the Academia de la Recta Porta in Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem to offer much. Squeezed between grimy storefronts in a tumble-down area of northwest D.C. near the Maryland line, the school consists of just two classrooms.
The school’s music program, The Washington Post reported in 2012, includes a keyboard and a drum. The facility lacks a gym, so students have to go two miles away to a recreation center for exercise. There is no library.
With U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) announcement that he will be retiring from Congress this month, various media outlets are in the process of examining his legacy. While Boehner had an impact on many aspects of U.S. policy, in at least one area he leaves behind a legacy of failure: his private school voucher program in the District of Columbia.
A lot of people are fooled by pro-voucher propaganda, but we’re pleased to note that President Barack Obama isn’t among them.
In a recent sit-down interview with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, Obama didn’t fall for any of O’Reilly’s assertions about “school choice.”
The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.
A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away from the floor. Republicans held the vote open for more than 40 minutes to gather the necessary votes. It later cleared the Senate only as a result of a procedural move.
The propaganda campaign on behalf of school vouchers in the District of Columbia is deplorable but relentless.
Yesterday, 70 or so parents, children and paid lobbyists rallied on behalf of the federally funded "D. C. Opportunity Scholarship" program in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Did you plan to make a contribution to Washington, D.C.'s Blessed Sacrament Elementary School? How about Muhammad University of Islam or First Rock Baptist Christian Church School?
Guess what? You already have.
Those three schools and 52 additional religious and other private schools in the District of Columbia were beneficiaries of the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program during the current school year.
Over the weekend, The Washington Times and The Washington Post ran opinion pieces on President-elect Barack Obama's search for a new school for his daughters.
The editorial page writers made an argument on behalf of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—a federally funded pilot program that has given school vouchers to students to attend religious or other private schools instead of Washington, D.C.'s public schools.