The Wall Street Journal issued a scathing editorial yesterday that called the Department of Education’s delayed release of a research report that demonstrates significant benefits to students in the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program “a moral disgrace.” The WSJ editorial board described how the Department of Education was almost certainly “sitting on” the results when the program was debated in Congress last month:
Voucher recipients were tested last spring. The scores were analyzed in the late summer and early fall, and in November preliminary results were presented to a team of advisers who work with the Education Department to produce the annual evaluation. Since Education officials are intimately involved in this process, they had to know what was in this evaluation even as Democrats passed (and Mr. Obama signed) language that ends the program after next year…A reasonable conclusion is that Mr. Duncan’s department didn’t want proof of voucher success to interfere with Senator Dick Durbin’s campaign to kill vouchers at the behest of the teachers unions.”
Please let Secretary Duncan and Mayor Fenty know that the research matters, and that you expect President Obama to live up to his pledge to consider only what works when making decisions about children’s educational futures.
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