WASHINGTON (AP) Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that poor children getting vouchers to attend private schools in the District of Columbia should be allowed to stay there, putting the Obama administration at odds with Democrats trying to end the program.
Duncan opposes vouchers, he said in an interview with The Associated Press. But he said Washington is a special case, and kids already in private schools on the public dime should be allowed to continue.
"I don't think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they're happy and safe and satisfied and learning," Duncan told said. "I think those kids need to stay in their school."
From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time
-- F.A. Hayak
-- F.A. Hayak
Thursday, March 5, 2009
What to make of this report in which the Obama Administration will push to preserve vouchers for children in DC?
What about kids who are not "happy and safe and satisfied and learning"?
Clearly, President Obama is at odds with congressional Democrats who are pushing strongly to eliminate school vouchers. In my view, the administration blinked because of William McGurn's essay using a strategy straight out of the Democrat's playbook, the victim vs Democrats tactic.
A transcript of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's response to the McGurn essay can be read at Powerline.
Posted by Michael Peterson at Thursday, March 05, 2009