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If Democrats in congress have their way Malia and Sasha Obama could -- lose two of their classmates at the elite Sidwell friends school in Washington buried in the omnibus spending bill making its way through Capitol Hill -- that would effectively kill.
The scholarship program that allows Sarah and James parker and many children like them to afford the private school tuition.
Created in 2004 the opportunity scholarship program provides vouchers to some 1700.
Low income children in the District of Columbia so they can attend.
Religious or other private schools giving parents their alternative to -- public school system that is.
Consistently rank among the worst in the nation earlier.
Editorials in 2004 played a big role in getting this past.
Why do Democrats want to -- it.
They hate it -- people that are for the -- unions hated you know they can't abide to Stephen a fraction of people getting.
A chance to escape from the -- schools.
It looks like it looked like the language was going to go through with no problems last night we had an eleventh hour reprieve when -- on the bus didn't go through.
We'll see if an amendment comes up but I'll say one thing President Obama silence has been thundering all across the district.
-- NN NJ stark contrast with his secretary of education who gave an interview.
Earlier this week to the Associated Press were Arnie Duncan the secretary of education sent.
That he doesn't think these kids should be yanked out of these schools if their view that they're satisfied with the program after getting an education.
So it it is in contrast with the level of Obama who's been silent on what we would bet that that's a question auto race but.
How bad -- -- has published a candidate that is -- -- -- -- -- that -- awful as as you mentioned -- -- -- show Obama and -- 7.
I -- DC schools ranked last in reading and second to last in math scores and this is despite the -- this went something like 14000 dollars per student -- high levels in the in the one of the highest -- double and a -- about -- about who -- 750500.
Would target which -- about a program a bargain for taxpayers and the other thing is the public schools do they lose money here.
If if if somebody takes a voucher and goes to a -- goes to a private school because of public school lose -- Nash now they don't lose that this is totally defined exactly original deal was three party gave the the traditional public schools.
Money it gave the charter schools money and it gave the voucher program money so there was nothing taken away from anyone but the real shame his that this program is working and it's hugely popular some like 45 applicants.
For every scholarship available parents are satisfied the evaluations that have come out so far about the program have been good and another one is due later this month.
And which is one of the reasons some Democrats like Dianne Feinstein are hesitant to to pull that unless I wanted to ask about.
Because this past in part because senator Feinstein of California broke ranks when Republicans ran congress and she supported it I think Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has also.
Supported it a lot of Democrats must know that this doesn't look good politically mean you're gonna take these kids and you're gonna yank them out of the schools that their parents like the kids like.
Why would the leadership.
Decide that this is a good idea or why wouldn't other Democrats rebel against the Cynthia we don't need this fight we -- Enough well because and on the bus is a great way sneaking in there.
And all of us is everything everything gets -- and so people are voting on other stuff and so it's hidden there's not too there's not a direct vote.
On the vouchers.
That's why is this reprieve the centrist think if senator Bentsen.
It's amendment gets through is an amendment to remove -- there about a senator Republican senate senator if his amendment is voted on at least it would have to go on the record.
But this is a great way to do if you want to take it from these people you talk him into this thing the death -- is now.
But people really won't feel it -- a year and a half from now.
Jason what's the evidence around the country and other experiments Milwaukee Cleveland some other parts of the country about vouchers how well -- how well of a working it's clear that the kids receiving the vouchers are doing better than their peers who do not receive the doctors.
It's also -- the programs are popular with parents want.
What's -- low income people -- to pace of school choice they like it and they wanted to continue and that that's also true that these programs put pressure on the surrounding public school systems to improve.
Because both -- don't want to lose students to voucher program so competition has worked.
You know there's a lot of social policy in the stimulus bill and I looked into it to see whether there was anything related to this subject and you know what there is they want to do a study to see whether performance pay for teachers and principals work.
Right this is a good idea -- are going to undermine that that there's revision to ensure that no low income students are taught by inexperienced unqualified or out of field teachers meaning people who come and an alternative certification like account.
And so -- the bottom line here that unless.
Barack Obama speaks out and says to his fellow Democrats either privately or publicly don't do this this language killing.
That program is gonna yes it is likely to get through I think I think that is.
And he needs to stand out.
He can do it privately but tell them that he does not want to thank -- that we have to take one more.
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