WASHINGTON, July 18 — With Education Secretary Margaret Spellings joining them in a show of support, Congressional Republicans proposed Tuesday to spend $100 million on vouchers for low-income students in chronically failing public schools around the country to attend private and religious schools.
The legislation, modeled on a pilot program here, would pay for tuition and private tutoring for some 28,000 students seeking a way out of public schools that fail to raise test scores sufficiently for at least five years.
One question: why? Why not spend the $100 million making these chronically failing schools better? Hot on the heels of a study (conducted under the auspices of Bush's Department of Education) showing basically no difference between public and private schools, the Bush administration proposes giving private schools a $100 million windfall. Research suggests this "solution" will NOT provide a better education for kids.
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