The highly successful voucher program in the District of
Columbia saw fewer students enrolled this year than last despite
1,500 new applications and a $5 million funding increase.
Despite the increased demand and bigger budget, the Department
of Education and the Obama administration have been working for a
year to limit participation in the DC
Opportunity Scholarship Program. Lindsey Burke of The Heritage
Foundation says this is unconscionable.
they are serious about doing what works, then that only leads one
to believe that this has everything to do with special-interest
groups, with union pressure, with politics -- which is really sad,"
she tells OneNewsNow.
In March, President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal
zeroed out funding for the program, which enjoys a 91-percent
graduation rate. When that funding was zeroed out, Burke wrote that the president was showing
low-income families in DC that "his priority is maintaining the
unacceptable status quo" and bowing to the pressure from unions and
special-interest groups to eliminate the program.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.