By lex, on November 24th, 2008
Smoke it if you got it:
Michelle and Barack Obama have settled on a Washington, D.C., school for their daughters, and you will not be surprised to learn it is not a public institution. Malia, age 10, and seven-year-old Sasha will attend the Sidwell Friends School, the private academy that educates the children of much of Washington’s elite.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s grandchildren attend Sidwell — as did Chelsea Clinton — where tuition is close to $30,000 a year. The Obama girls have been students at the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where tuition runs above $21,000…
Most D.C. parents would also love to be able to choose a better school for their child, but they lack the financial means to do so. The Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program each year offers up to $7,500 to some 1,900 kids to attend private schools, but Democrats in Congress want to kill it. Average family income for kids in the voucher program is about $22,000.
Mr. Obama says he opposes such vouchers, because “although it might benefit some kids at the top, what you’re going to do is leave a lot of kids at the bottom.”
You can scarcely blame the Obamas: Although Washington, DC has the highest level of per-pupil spending in the country, it also has the third worst return * on that investment. That said, a burgeoning administrator class seems to be doing quite well for themselves.
So, it’s not like a total loss.
Getting back to the issue at hand though, It would be criminally negligent for the prospective First Family to sacrifice their own childrens’s future on the altar of misguided politics.
In other news, the US Coast Guard has decided to eliminate search and rescue operations from its mission set, because while it might benefit some on the weather decks of a vessel in distress, not everyone below decks will always be saved. In response to questions about this surprising news, the Commandant did promise strenuous efforts to save the children of Coast Guardsmen should they ever find themselves in peril on the seas.
You’ve got to take care of your own.
* 08-30-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.