Voucher video

Reason TV attacks President Obama’s failure to protect the Washington, D.C. voucher program for low-income students.

Mercedes Campbell uses the $7,500 voucher to attend Georgetown Visitation Prep. Her mother Ingrid says to Obama,  “We voted for you, we walked, we went to the parade, we stood freezing. Why?… Can you get this tape over to Obama and have him answer our questions? Why, sir, why?”

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  1. dangermom says:

    Yeah, I’d like to know that too. Though I suppose the answer is “politics and the teacher’s unions.” Sorry, nice folks who want a decent education for your children, you’re out of luck.

  2. “Why, sir, why?”

    Tough lesson in political promises, power, and dupes. Perhaps next time… aw, never mind.

  3. greifer says:

    Because he’s a South Side Chicago Pol who knows who buttered his bread. And all evidence to this point confirms this.

    My question is: why did they ever believe otherwise?

  4. (Ingrid Campbell): “We voted for you, we walked, we went to the parade, we stood freezing. Why?… Why, sir, why?”
    (greifer): “Because he’s a South Side Chicago Pol who knows who buttered his bread. And all evidence to this point confirms this.
    My question is: why did they ever believe otherwise?”

    Government-operated schooling.

  5. Richard Nieporent says:

    “We voted for you, we walked, we went to the parade, we stood freezing. Why?…

    It appears that Ingrid Campbell has never read Animal Farm.

    “No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  6. ed alvarez says:

    Is the end of the voucher program actually going to keep even a single student out of Georgetown Prep?

    The max for the voucher program is $7,500, but tuition at Georgetown Prep is $20,600, according to the school’s Web site (http://www.visi.org/admissions/financialaid.aspx). The school’s budget for financial aid is $1.2 million, again according to the Web site, enough to pay the full tuition of more than 50 students. The site also lists several private sources of financial aid.

  7. Do the (simple) math:

    Tuition: $20,600
    Voucher: $7,500

    Financial aid required for poor students: $13,100
    Thus $1.2 million will pay for 91 poor students.

    Take away the voucher and financial aid will pay for 58 poor students.

    So, the vouchers potentially make the difference for 33 poor students.

  8. ed alvarez says:

    Simple math, but it doesn’t address the real-world question.

    There aren’t 91 voucher kids at Georgetown Prep, and there never will be. It’s $7,500 or $15,000 or maybe $30,000 that Georgetown Prep or the Washington Scholarship Fund’s private voucher program could pick up without even blinking.

    Some schools would indeed be affected by the end of the DC voucher program. G’town Prep just isn’t one of them. It doesn’t need tax dollars to support its financial aid program.