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President Obama's Speech and Civil Disobedience for School Choice

As President Obama told school children today "Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need ..."

Apparently not everything, because the President still has refused to support the evidence-based Washington DC Scholarship program and let 216 children who had their vouchers revoked attend higher-quality schools like where his own children attend.

As Reuters reports school-choice leaders decided that today was a good day to engage in some civil disobedience.

In a dramatic act of civil disobedience today, six national education leaders blocked the main entrance of the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to protect the endangered Washington, D.C. school voucher program. The protesters refused to leave the premises for nearly an hour, leading to a standoff with police. Apparently on orders from federal officials, no arrests were made.

The individuals blocking entrance to the building were: former Democratic D.C. Councilman Kevin P. Chavous, longtime D.C. education activist and executive director of DC Parents for School Choice Virginia Walden Ford, the Rev. Anthony Motley, Black Alliance for Educational (BAEO) Board Chair Dr. Howard Fuller, BAEO President Gerard Robinson, and education reform leader Darrell Allison.

The protesters-who sought to block the entrance of the Department because "the President and the Secretary have blocked low-income parents from accessing the schools of their parents` choice"-were cheered on by 50 families and supporters, including Councilman Marion Barry.

Lisa Snell is Director of Education


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Comments to "President Obama's Speech and Civil Disobedience for School Choice":

Alissa B. | September 10, 2009, 12:33am | #

Here goes again the Obama fever. The Obama school speech stirred up a lot of controversy among conservatives, especially the type that love to scream at the top of their lungs over nothing. That's more or less what is controversial about the Obama school speech – nothing. It's largely supposed to be inspirational, and encourage children to stick with education and not to give up or drop out if the going gets tough. Shocking, we know – children getting educations – we might start having more people acting all smart and stuff. The speech had no socialist or fascist overtones, and people that were protesting the Obama school speech might want to find a money lender to go do something, or maybe a hobby.

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