Taking School Choice for Granted

President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and most members of Congress have never known the sense of desperation that LaTasha Bennett feels.

Bennett is one of hundreds of Washington, D.C., parents who recently opened a letter from the U.S. Department of Education with devastating news: Her child was no longer eligible to receive a private-school scholarship for the upcoming school year. This sent Bennett and other parents scrambling to find their children spots in good public schools — a challenge in a city where few students read at grade level and barely half graduate from high school.

President and Mrs. Obama faced the same problem when they moved to the District in January, but they were able to afford a private school for their daughters.

via Taking School Choice for Granted by Dan Lips and on National Review Online.


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