One of the more incredible comments at a recent debate among the candidates running in Bridgeport’s September 4th special election to select a democratically elected board of education came from Democrat Kenneth Moales, who is also an incumbent on the Bridgeport’s illegal Board of Education.
According to the Connecticut Post, Moales “supports school vouchers, and said they are neither anti-union nor anti-public schools.”
Ah…. False on both points Mr. Moales.
People support vouchers for a number of reasons. In fact, many people support vouchers exactly because they are anti-public schools (and anti-union).
As Diane Ravitch, the nation’s leading voice on behalf of public education recently wrote, “bear in mind that public education is level-funded, so all these millions for vouchers and charters and online schooling and tutoring will come right out of the public school budget, making classes more overcrowded, closing libraries, shutting down services for students that need them.”
And the evidence is increasingly clear; Vouchers do not create different outcomes.
A recent study of the privately funded voucher program in New York City found that it had “no significant impacts”
Studies of the voucher programs in Washington D.C., Cleveland and Milwaukee also found that there was “no evidence of gains in test scores.”
The official DC study determined that, “there is no conclusive evidence that the [vouchers] affected student achievement.” After four years, the students who used the voucher program, “had reading and math test scores that were statistically similar to those who were not offered scholarships.”
But the facts haven’t gotten in the way of Republican Mitt Romney.
When he released his position paper on education, “A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education,” the number one provision was “subsidizing parents who want to send their child to a private or religious school and encouraging the private sector to operate schools.”
In fact, Romney promised to expand the Washington DC school voucher program even though the evidence shows it didn’t raise test scores.
In covering a speech Romney gave about education policy, the Washington Times wrote, that Romney believes “unions are the chief impediment to education reform.”
Romney understands that vouchers are, in fact, anti-public schools and anti-union. That is the very reason he is going to use vouchers to try to get conservatives to vote for him.
Why on earth would the Bridgeport Democrats nominate a candidate who supports vouchers?
In the meantime, Bridgeport’s Democratic voters will have to look elsewhere for people who actually support the true principles of the Democratic Party.