"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Opportunity Scholarship = School Voucher

DeWayne Wickham weighs in on the latest education privatization bamboozlement coming from ED.
From USA Today:
Spellings held a news conference last month to tout a bill that would provide $100 million to help students escape troubled public schools, her department quietly issued a report that calls into question the efficacy of that idea.

If passed, the legislation would make available "opportunity scholarships" for students in poor-performing public schools to transfer to another public school, get tutoring or receive scholarships to attend a private school. Don't be fooled by these options. Opportunity scholarships is a euphemism for school vouchers. It's an attempt to mask a bad idea with an appealing label. . . .

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