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Obama’s school hypocrisy

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Forbes magazine has run a strong piece from Reason’s Shikya Dalmia on how President Obama has destroyed a private school voucher program in Washington, D.C., even as he sends his own kids to an expensive private school rather than put them in the public schools. Excerpt:

“He chose to send his own daughters to Sidwell Friends, a private school among D.C.’s most exclusive institutions whose annual tuition runs around $30,000. If he felt so strongly that offering children an exit route would stymie the reform of public schools, then why not put his own daughters in one? Jimmy Carter did. This would not only please unions–prompting them to open up their  war chest even more in the next elections–but also signal his resolve about reform. If he didn’t, that’s presumably because his daughters’ futures are too precious to be sacrificed on the altar of politics. But, evidently, the futures of other children are not.”

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Written by jacksontom

April 20, 2009 at 1:43 am

Posted in Opinion

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