Congressional Democrats continue to show more concern to teachers unions than the cycle of poverty resulting from DC’s government-run schools.
…it puts the program on life support, and it suggests that Congress is hoping the DC Council will pull the plug for them, so that they can’t be directly blamed for kicking 1,900 children out of private schools that they have chosen and become attached to.
Critics of the program complain that, after its first two years, it had still not raised overall student academic achievement by a significant margin (though parents are happier with their voucher schools). What is less well known is that the program has proven to be dramatically more cost effective than the DC public schools. While voucher and non-voucher students are performing at about the same level, DC public schools spend more than four times as much per student. Total per pupil spending in DC was $24,600 in 2007-08, while voucher schools receive an average of less than $6,000.
If you could save 75 percent on a purchase, get the same quality of service, and know you’d be happier with the result, wouldn’t you do it? It seems Congressional Democrats would not.
On Wednesday’s KCMO Morning Show with Chris Stigall, Stigall singled out Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a “liar” and portrayed him as untrustworthy and cowardly because of his support of the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary. Brownback is known for his pro-life beliefs, and Sebelius is one of the most influential pro-abortion politicians in the country.
Stigall gave Roberts a pass for his support of Sebelius, in part because the two families have been friends for years.