By Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal
You can count on two hands the number of federal programs that President Obama wants to eliminate, and one of them is the Washington, D.C., school voucher program for low-income families. The Opportunity Scholarship Program, as it is called, allows thousands of minority D.C. children to attend private schools, and it enjoys high satisfaction ratings from the parents.
So why kill the vouchers? Because the teachers unions, a major political ally of Democrats, see school choice as a threat. Even the normally pro-Obama Washington Post put the dunce cap on the president this week for working to ax the program. “Surely, it shouldn’t be among the president’s priorities to single out for attack a tiny federal program that not only works—in the judgment of federal evaluators—but also enjoys bipartisan support,” said an editorial in the paper. “The widely praised initiative has an excellent track record of success in giving underprivileged D.C. students access to a lasting, quality education.”