Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Herman, why won't you stand up to the teacher unions?

Cain admits to flirting with the idea of elective office but cautions not to expect him "to get in line like a duck and go along with a couple of flawed positions" of the GOP...

Also flawed, Cain said, is the Republican push to provide vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools. That would mean disaster for public schools, which were never intended to compete like businesses, he said.

"I would not run for anything simply to endorse some mythical party platform," he said.

Cain Carries Free-Enterprise Campaign Omaha World Herald (Nebraska) November 30, 1997, Sunday

Funny, someone else in DC is strongly against school choice:

"Obama and his cohorts in the Democratic-controlled Congress have killed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, which chooses low-income families from a lottery to receive $7,500 in vouchers for private or parochial school. There have been four applicants for every slot in the scholarship program.

In the President’s budget for 2011, he reduced by 25% the funding for the voucher program, from $12 to $9 million. He did this despite the fact that seven out of ten parents in D.C. want the program expanded.

Duncan has led the charge to kill school choice despite his own department’s research showing that students in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program perform better in reading than non-voucher students.

“He needs to look outside at his own neighborhood in D.C. There are thousands of kids whose lives literally hang in the balance as they wait to find out if the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the voucher program, will continue or not,” says Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation.

“And if he really cares about giving students a choice to get out of these poor performing schools, he would stand up for the voucher program.”

The President also inserted a poison pill in his 2011 budget, which closes the voucher program to any new students with the words that it is “the final request for federal funding.” The poison-pill closure of the program originally was put into law by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who slipped it into the omnibus spending bill in 2009.

As a result, the Department of Education sent 216 public school students letters last year accepting them into the voucher program. Days later, these families were devastated to receive letters from the department rescinding their scholarships. Many of these children were thus denied the freedom to attend private schools and the ones in the program do not know if they will be able to stay in their schools." (Human Events)

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