Obama throws children under the bus to appease teacher's union
Obama swore not to shut down the DC school voucher program if a Dept. of Education study showed that it worked. He said that if the study showed that the voucher program performed better than the D.C. public school district, then he would keep the program running. He did admit to not liking the program, but he was going to support it if the evidence supported the program.
The Dept. of Education has released their study of the program. It turns out that according to the study (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20094050/) the voucher program's students are as good at math as public school students and better at reading comprehension. And the voucher program costs about a third as much per student as public schooling. So it saves the government money and it boosts student test scores a bit. Sweet, the program is a success. And it has only been running for three years. In other voucher programs the largest gains were seen in the fourth and fifth years of the programs and the first two to three years saw no improvement in test scores. If this one is similar to the others, it will only get better over time.
So Obama has now decided to shut the program down. 'Fuck the children' is the only way this can be described. He said he would let the Dept. of Education study determine if the program was a success or not. And he lied. He lied in such a way as to harm children. These kids are now going to be placed into the D.C. school system; one of the worst school systems in America. How bad is it? Its scores on the NAEP are usually worse than the scores of any state. It literally is worse, according to standardized tests, than the school system of ANY state.
What really burns me about this is that he is harming these childrens' future in order to bow down to the teacher's union. The teacher's union is the only reason he is shutting down the program. He values their support more than he values the futures of these children. Who in their right mind harms children for political support? And putting children into the D.C. school system is harming them. This just makes me sick. There was a black and white decision between helping children and annoying the teacher's union or hurting children and pleasing the teacher's union. He has chosen to hurt the children.
'Let's see if it works,' " he said in February 2008, "and if it does, whatever my preconception, you do what's best for kids." (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0410edit2apr10,0,7143379.story) I just wish that filthy, stinking liar would stop spraying his filthy, stinking lies at us.
"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."
British General Charles Napier while in India