Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Editorials: Where I rant to the wall about politics. And sometimes the wall rants back.

No room for education reform in spending frenzy

Jerry Stratton, March 10, 2009

Remember the D.C. voucher minority education program that saved money, improved math scores, and that parents loved? In the omnibus spending bill that just passed, Democrats ended it. I guess it’s a spending bill, not a saving bill.

Hat tip to Gabriel Malor at the Ace of Spades HQ.

January 1, 2010: Blogs fight resegregation in DC?

The Democrats have officially killed the successful DC scholarship program. Now some bloggers are considering setting up a private scholarship fund to resurrect it. This is a great idea, and a great way to start off 2010. I pledge at least a hundred dollars to it right now.

The Anchoress has some ideas, too:

I’d like to be in on the creation of such an effort. I think this is a terrific and positive note on which to begin a new year, particularly one in which governmental leadership suggests itself to be moribund and completely mad.

And I also like her ideas on vocational training:

If something like this were to succeed, it could even be expanded to include vocational training and apprenticeships for those who would prefer to learn the sort of blue-collar, non-outsourceable and completely respectable jobs that so many of our young people no longer consider because the “you’re nothing without a degree” narrative has become so all-consuming.

The DC voucher program was a good idea at the time, and it’s still a good idea. This was a small program; it lies within the grasp of grassroots donations. The program is 1,716 students, at $7,500 a student, for just under $13,000,000 each year. I’ll be happy to provide my hundred dollars a year to help fund it. Can we get 129,999 more people to do that? I think we can.

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