HAMMER IT OUT: D.C. Voucher Program Revival

The President said let’s fix education, and darned if the tool belts didn’t get strapped on!  It started with a little cooperation between a Republican and an Independent, no less.  Republican John Boehner and Independent Joe Leiberman want to rebuild the defunct voucher program, D.C. echoing a nationwide push to improve our children’s education.  Boehner says, “There’s only one program in America where the federal government allows parents from lower-income families to choose the schools that are best for their children and it’s right here in D.C…if we’re serious about bipartisan education reform, then this bipartisan education bill should be the starting point.” The program gives low-income students partial scholarships to cover private school tuitions, so that parents could get their children out of poor-performing public schools. If the program succeeds in D.C. it could be used as the model for the entire country.

We need to create a competitive, forward thinking education foundation.  Because “if we build it, they will come  our kids will learn and our country will thrive! So, how do we construct a strong foundation and a solid roof over their heads so they can find jobs and create more jobs in the future?  Can’t we cobble together an education system that works.  Maybe we can use bricks from here, mortar from there and steel from somewhere else right now? Should we be trying everything…exhausting all possibilities to get our kids where they need to be in the short-term and long-term to receive the best education possible?  If having the opportunity to chose the best school for them does it, then would YOU do it?  O-MAMAs, should there be short-term options and long-term reform plans? We owe it to our kids to hammer this out for them, right MAMAs?  Let us know what you think is the best way to build a 21st century education system.

3 Responses to HAMMER IT OUT: D.C. Voucher Program Revival

  1. Anonymous January 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Charters are no better than regular schools and vouchers are a way to re-segregate America. Public schools are actually NOT doing a bad job; and where kids are failing, you can draw a direct line to home life, poverty, substance abuse, etc. School is not a factory where you can take your coupon and get a better product. The "product" is child who has different capacities and interests. Public schools educate everyone who come in the door. Mom's job is to feed them, love them, get them there on time, supervise homework whether you understand it fully or not,read to them or listen to them read everyday, TALK to them about ideas, numbers, and words, and make sure they get enough sleep. If you can, volunteer in school; if you can, take them to local enrichment at the library, museum, or park (free!).

    • Anonymous January 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm #
      Opinionated MAMA

      Parent engagement is definitely a defining factor. What I would like is a short-term fix for our failing inner city schools and a long-term plan for comprehensive reform. What that entails is perplexing…all the tools in our tool box need to be used to fix it. It might not be the same probem for every school, so the fix might be different, too?! LOVE your ideas about all the free things moms can do to enrich the education of our kids.

  2. Anonymous January 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA


    Vouchers won't fix what's wrong because it is the political/educational system's assumptions about learning that is wrong.

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