Star Parker

If there was evidence that billions of dollars directed into new spending was going to improve education, we taxpayers might be prepared to be put on the hook. But not only is there no evidence, the real problems that the charade pretends to address also just get worse.

It's black and Latino kids who languish year after year in failing public schools as the game goes on.

In normal markets, customers drive the quality of the product. In the case of the public education monopoly, the customers -- kids and their parents -- are pawns in the game. Anything that would give the customers power -- such as school choice -- government and union bureaucrats fight.

The Obama administration, with all its lofty rhetoric about reform, quietly has allowed congressional Democrats to kill the successful Washington D.C. voucher program. The program has demonstrably given 1,300 inner-city kids a better education in private schools at a third of the cost their counterparts are getting in D.C. public schools.

Even the liberal Washington Post has editorialized to save the program, as President Obama and Secretary Duncan turn deaf ears.

Duncan was chastised for recently saying the "best thing" to happen to education in New Orleans was Katrina. But education has markedly improved there as parents were given school choice in the wake of the disaster.

The best thing that could happen to inner-city education nationwide would be a political Katrina that would give birth to parental empowerment and school choice.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.