Hidden within the Republican budget is the Boehner school choice bill which publicly funds vouchers to poor students and gives them a chance to attend a private school.
The 2011 House-passed spending bill appropriates $2.3 million to students of Washington, D.C. But in addition, the only bill "that bears BoehnerÂ’s name this year" "would authorize an additional $20 million per year over the next five years" to be spent on taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools.
It is disconcerting, to say the least, that the Catholic Boehner--who himself received half his private Archbishop Moeller high school tuition from the local Catholic parish--has refused funding for planned parenthood to provide female and preventative medical health care while trying to take taxpayer money and funnel it to, not only his private interests, but also to Catholic institutions.
What is most exasperating is that Washington D.C., erroneously held up as a charter school region success, has disastrous results to the education situation, and the success rates are no better and quite often worse than in the poor public schools.
This bill (and the whole voucher program), while different than charter schools, still begs the question of improving schools.
But the Boehner school choice is not about improvement; it is about Republican ideology: taking taxpayer money to fund private interests. In this case, Boehner's spokesman Steel explains, "The speaker makes decisions about public policy based entirely on what he believes is best for his constituents and the future of the United States."
So, although John Boehner states, "we're broke," that doesn't mean he won't deficit spend $100 million to fund his special interest:Â Boehner school choice. This is exactly what the future of the U.S. ought to be: privatize education and let the government pay for it.
Furthermore, while the right-wing hijacking of the charter school process will only ensure ideological instruction, accumulation of taxpayer money into the hands of behemoth private "education" corporations and the deterioration and ultimate dismantling of public education, improvement and success will not be guaranteed, as studies repeatedly show.