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.