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A Lesson in Education Hyperbole

OncealwaysaMarine Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 9:51 AM
Obama's War on School Vouchers The president downplays school choice in his new $3.8 trillion budget - WSJ 2/14/12 The Opportunity Scholarship Program offers vouchers to low-income students to attend private schools. A 2010 study published by Univ of Arkansas found the scholarship recipients had graduation rates of 91%. The graduation rate for D.C. public schools was 56%, 70% for students who entered the lottery for a voucher but didn't win. B/c his teachers union allies oppose school choice for poor people, Mr. Obama ignores or downplays these findings. He repeatedly has tried to shutter the program, even though it is clearly advancing his stated goal of increasing graduation rates and closing the black-white achievement gap.

Dire predictions about the fate of certain government programs were hardly in short supply recently, as sequester-related budget cuts loomed. So it was hardly a surprise when Education Secretary Arne Duncan got in on the act.

“It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs,” he said in an interview with Face the Nation. “There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall.”

Turns out, though, that it isn’t true....