Ed Feulner

For school year 2007-’08, the D.C. police received reports of 2,379 crime-related incidents from these schools, including 666 violent incidents (2.7 per 100 students).

There were 555 reported assaults (2.3 per 100 students).

There were 855 property-crime incidents (3.5 per 100 students), including 278 thefts (1.1 incidents per 100 students).

There were 306 incidents of disorderly conduct (1.3 per 100 students) and 43 reports of gunshots.

Information is power, and the least the public schools should do is provide accurate information to parents. A complete breakdown of all incidents in each school should go home with every report card and be available in real time on the Web.

Meanwhile, federal lawmakers should give others the same school choice they exercise. A 2007 Heritage Foundation study showed that 37 percent of representatives and 45 percent of senators in the 110th Congress sent their children to private schools. That’s almost four times the rate of the general population.

Yet last spring, the Senate voted 58-39 to kill an amendment that would have allowed the Opportunity Scholarship program to continue. The amendment would have passed if senators who sent their own children to private school had voted for it.

Lawmakers shouldn’t deny poor parents the school choice they themselves enjoy.

Instead, Congress should work with public school leaders to expand school choice opportunities. That would be the best way to provide a safe, effective learning environment to D.C.’s public school children -- the ones who can’t rely on the Secret Service.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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