Barack Obama’s education secretary doesn’t support school vouchers – that was a point he wanted to make perfectly clear.
But he doesn’t support undoing them either, apparently, which is a giant step in the right direction – and a step we never expected from the most anti-choice, anti-liberty, anti-free market administration in our nation’s history.
“I don’t think it makes sense to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said earlier this week. “I think those kids need to stay in their school.”
The cynical bones in our body tell us this is disingenuous.
In fact, as far as we can tell it’s explicit cover for President Obama, who doesn’t want his daughters to be associated with a D.C. school that’s forced to uproot low-income minority students who couldn’t afford the tuition without the aid of vouchers.
But forgetting politics for a moment, look at those words Duncan used to describe the environment these kids are in … “happy,” “safe,” “satisfied,” and most importantly “learning.”
Now look at South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation public school system and see if the same can be said.
Yeah … not so much.
Coming on the heels of Sen. Robert Ford’s parental choice conversion earlier this week, Duncan’s comment is additional momentum for a movement whose time has come.
Maybe one day soon that momentum will translate into legislative action in this state, not more excuses.