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McCain supports school vouchers

July 17, 2008


— John McCain told the NAACP and some skeptical black voters Wednesday that he will expand education opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private school.

The likely Republican presidential nominee addressed the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

In greeting the group, McCain praised Democrat Barack Obama's historic campaign but said the Illinois senator is wrong to oppose school vouchers for students in failing public schools. It is time, McCain said, to use vouchers and other tools like merit pay for teachers to break from conventional thinking on educational policy.

Obama, he said, has dismissed support for private school vouchers for low-income Americans.

"All of that went over well with the teachers union, but where does it leave families and their children who are stuck in failing schools?" the Arizona senator asked. "No entrenched bureaucracy or union should deny parents that choice and children that opportunity."

In fact, Obama has spoken in favor of performance-based merit pay for individual public school teachers, even telling the National Education Association in a speech last year that the idea should be considered.

McCain received mostly polite applause in a room with some empty seats, two days after Obama's enthusiastic reception from a standing-room only audience.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

"No way in hell, that I would send my kids to a public school!"Heaven forfend that they might learn to think for themselves. Gotta make sure they get indoctrinated young and forever.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 7 months ago

I can hear the NEA union bosses: "Government schools forever!" A better idea is to let the tax dollars follow a student to the fully accredited school that his/her family chooses.

ECM 9 years, 7 months ago

Once again Bozo speaking on a topic they know nothing about. Business as usual. Please Bozo send your kids to public school to have them indoctrinated there! If you think it isn't happening than you are ill informed.

bondmen 9 years, 7 months ago

Why are obviously failing public schools (test scores, graduation rates, etc.) allowed to continue feeding off the citizen taxpayers? Where is the spirit of change and choice in the people who are so ill served? Real change here can make a lifetime of improved opportunities for thousands of children. Why are these same educationally abused citizens voting for politicians who support the failing public schools and their teachers union (NEA)? Can they continually be so terribly misinformed? What source of information do these citizens rely on to make their voting decisions? Is it the television, local newspaper, union steward or church minister?Public education is an area where everyone should be demanding change and choice!

cato_the_elder 9 years, 7 months ago

ECM is correct, Bozo. I strongly support the concept of public education, but the indoctrination meter level has increased exponentially in the last 20 years or so. If this keeps going as it is, ultimately the vast majority of people who have the means to afford private education will have their children in private schools, vouchers or not, which will effectively kill public education. If you are interested in public education and have not studied what now passes for a public school system in Kansas City, Missouri, you would do well to do so.

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