“As a parent, I know that getting a quality education is very important for all kids,” a father of three students says. “To give my kids that quality education would have been impossible without your help.” A mother of two adds: “Had my children not been beneficiaries of the WSF, they may not have been afforded the opportunity to receive a wonderful education nor a chance at a bright future.”
But this progress is in danger.
The D.C. program must be re-approved by lawmakers next year. With Congress having changed hands, it’s not clear the scholarship fund, as successful and popular as it is, will be continued. In the last Congress, the House passed the measure only 205 to 203, having split largely along party lines. All but 14 Republicans voted in favor; all but four Democrats voted against. Yet what’s certain is that if the program’s ended, the students will be the real losers.
If politicians really want to improve lives, they’ll expand -- not shut down -- the school-choice programs that are already helping students from poor families. Apparently it’s never too early to start campaigning, so let’s make school choice a critical factor in the 2008 elections.