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Critic Calls Anti-Voucher Movement "Educational Genocide"

January 13, 1999

The biggest threats to black progress are not racial bigots, but the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers -- the two major national teachers unions -- according to some black leaders. Both stand in the way of school choice programs, whether based on vouchers or charter schools.

  • A recent study conducted by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance and Mathematical Policy Research, Inc., found that low-income New York City students in grades two through five who received vouchers scored higher in math and reading tests than a control group after only one year.
  • In the District of Columbia, the Washington Scholarship Fund provides choice scholarships to nearly 1,300 children of poor families -- but when the fund announced it was accepting applications, over 7,000 parents called.
  • In some cities, as many as 40 percent of public school teachers send their children to private schools -- but the teachers unions want to deny low-income parents the same choice, black leaders charge.

Critics charge that the NEA and the AFT don't care about the future of students -- black or white -- but only about guaranteeing jobs for incompetent teachers.

Representatives of the Samaritan Project -- which was organized to publicize through black ministers the option of charter and voucher schools -- is fighting the agenda of the teachers unions.

Source: Earl W. Jackson (Samaritan Project), "Let Our Children Go," Washington Times, January 8, 1999.


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