Friday, June 22, 2007

Oh My God, Washington Post Does A Voucher Story 

Must be a slow news day. Reporters Amit Paley and Theola Labbe share the shocking news that students in the D.C. voucher program show little if any improvement in test scores after one year in the program compared to their peers who stayed in public schools.

Sounds familiar? Of course it does. This is the same pattern that has been found in Milwaukee and Cleveland and Florida and anywhere else that vouchers have been implemented. It is also the case concerning D.C.'s charter schools.

Instead of stories such as this in my dreams I would see the headline, "School Superintendent decides assigning children to neighborhood schools not in keeping with every other choice people have in life." Didn't command and control go out of fashion when the Berlin Wall came down? Its so interesting that the only way it seems that progress can be made under the traditional system is to have an education czar who dictates what will be taught when. This has to be a horrible experience for everyone involved.

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