Change: Obama to extend D.C. voucher program -- then kill it in a few years

You’re a real sport, champ. Trillion-dollar federal budget deficits as far as the eye can see and somehow he and the Democrats can’t scrape together a few million to keep this going. Unbelievable.

Contain your surprise at finding The One shafting someone at a special interest’s behest.

President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official who has reviewed budget details scheduled for release tomorrow…

The voucher program was created in 2003 and is a Republican favorite, providing low-income students with a maximum $7,500 grant to attend a private or parochial school. All students come from households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty line, and 8,000 students entered a lottery to participate. But liberal education groups, including the National Education Association, have argued that the experimental program is poorly administered and that voucher recipients have not performed measurably better in their new schools.

In a March 6, 2009 letter to Obama, the NEA president Dennis Van Roekel called the D.C. program “an ongoing threat to public education in the District of Columbia” and urged Obama to “use your voice to help eliminate this threat” by opposing “any efforts to extend this ineffective program.”

Read Reason’s post accompanying the video I posted the other night to see how “ineffective” it is. Or better yet, have a look at the photos Mary Katharine Ham took at today’s rally in D.C. to save the program. For such a supposedly worthless initiative, there sure are a lot of people involved in it who’d like to see it continue.

Kudos to Reason, by the way, for doing such a bang-up job on that vid. I can’t prove that it’s partly responsible for this morning’s Fox & Friends segment, but I know which way I’d bet.