Education Reform Mr Munger, here’s a thought

…  it’s a choice Obama has the luxury of making for his kids. It’s a choice almost 50 percent of the U.S. Senate exercises for their kids. It is a choice teachers’ unions are petrified of giving to Carmen and Patricia. And, it’s clear that, when given a choice, Democrats are more petrified of unions than they are interested in doing something that works for some of the most underserved kids…  [Mary Katharine Ham, The Weekly Standard]

Last week the Congress led by Nancy Peolosi terminated $14 million in funding for a pilot program that offered HOPE and CHANGE to 1,700 of the most disadvantaged students in the District of Columbia.

While the program had been evaluated, we have to ask the question: Was it given a fair opportunity to succeed or fail?  Reading scored had improved statistically, and while (again statistically) math scores lagged, there was still improvement shown.  Is three years long enough to undue decades of poor schools?  Or is something more sinister at work here?  Could it be that, although called the Scholarship Opportunity Program, it was a true voucher system and it worked?

To those who advocate true reform of Arizona’s schools, this has to be a rallying point.  Mr. Munger pontificated on educational reform, and yet failed to discuss the Washington DC Scholarship Opportunity Program.

Question:  Is the voucher system truly “un-Constitutional”?  Or is that just a judicial opinion influenced by the side with the deepest legal pockets?

Until citizens and politicans begin to understand the true damage of teacher’s unions, political agendas in the schools, and a cornucopia of Education Administrators, our children’s ability to effectively compete in a global economy will be handicapped.  Poverty continues without education.


  1. No doubt that vouchers are an idea that need to be explored more fully. But, when you ask if such a system is “truly unconstitutional,” the answer in Arizona is a resounding “Yes.” There is a clause in our state’s constitution that specifically precludes voucher programs, and it was the basis for the state Supreme Courts ruling a few weeks ago on the small scale voucher programs it deemed unconstitutional.

    If such a program is to be instituted or piloted in AZ, it will take a vote of the people to change our constitution and clear the way. I expect to see an effort to do just that in the next couple of years.

  2. Veritas Vincit says

    Thank you for addressing that question. Specifically a legal decision based on the Az Constitution and the construction of a proposed voucher system have collided with the free market alternative being the looser.

    Tom Horne presented some interesting data when he showed how much per student the public schools spend, how much the charter schools spend, and how much the private schools spend.

    Seems like results were in direct opposition to the results achieved. This should suggest something to those seeking reform.

  3. Bingo Henry says

    Munger & Keeghan don’t even talk about vouchers – they are talking about reform for regular public schools. I think they have both voiced support for vouchers, but this totally different.

  4. Veritas Vincit says

    How long have politicos been talking about “reform for regular public schools”?

    Isn’t that why Jimmy Carter launched the US Department of Education nearly 30 years ago – that’s a full generation.

    Where’s the reform?

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