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Friday, February 24, 2006

School Choice

This is why the NEA and the Dems are so adamantly opposed to allowing even pilot programs for school choice - because when it is clearly demonstrated to be effective, the public wants to expand it.

From today's WSJ
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A School Choice Victory
February 24, 2006

After three previous vetoes, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle finally did right by inner-city school kids last week and signed on to a bipartisan compromise that would expand Milwaukee's successful school voucher program.

The 16-year-old Parental Choice Program, which provides vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools, is the nation's largest. But under current law enrollment is capped at about 15,000 students, or 15% of Milwaukee's public school enrollment. The deal being hashed out by Governor Doyle, a Democrat, and State Assembly Speaker John Gard, a Republican, would lift that cap by 50% to accommodate some 22,500 students.

This fix may seem like a no-brainer. After all, the program's success is apparent not only by its popularity but by study after study showing that vouchers have increased graduation rates and raised education standards. But until now, Governor Doyle has cared less about building on this success and more about placating a teachers union that's opposed to the competition.[...]

I suppose that all the education system really needs is more funding... and then, when that doesn't work, it'll just need some more funding... and then some more funding... ad infinitum.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler