Monday, February 25, 2008

Obama And Private School Vouchers 

Yesterday, the editors of the Washington Post wondered what specific policies Senator Obama would promote as president. One sentence caught my attention:

He dared to mention the notion of "merit pay" in an appearance before the teachers union, and he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board that, although he is a "skeptic" about school vouchers, "I will not allow my predispositions to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn" if research shows that they work.
Well, not exactly. It turns out that no sooner had the New York Sun reported this comment the Obama campaign switched their position:

On February 20, his campaign issued a statement headlined, "Response to Misleading Reports Concerning Senator Obama's Position on Vouchers" that said, "Senator Obama has always been a critic of vouchers." The statement went on, "Throughout his career, he has voted against voucher proposals and voiced concern for siphoning off resources from our public schools." It noted that Mr. Obama's education agenda "does not include vouchers, in any shape or form."
I would say that this represents change you can believe in. He is a typical extremely liberal politician who knows who pays his bills.

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