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Educating Dick Durbin on Education

Chicago Daily Observer 30 September 2009 One Comment

Could Dick Durbin be responding to his constituents?  This from the WSJ

Illinois Senator Richard Durbin signaled that he may be open to reauthorizing the Opportunity Scholarship Program, a school voucher program that allows 1,700 disadvantaged kids to opt out of lousy D.C. public schools and attend a private school.

“I have to work with my colleagues if this is going to be reauthorized, which it might be,” said Mr. Durbin at an appropriations hearing Tuesday morning. He also said that he had visited one of the participating private schools and understood that “many students are getting a good education from the program.”

Dick Durbin was on the school board at Springfield Ursuline Academy.  Here is a letter sent to Pres. Obama from the Nun, Sr. Mary Paul, OP, who was Principal at Ursuline when Durbin was on board:

“The data is compelling about the contribution of faith-based schools – and this can be
shared at length – but my request and promise are more direct:
• Show me the money which respects parents’ rights to choose a school.
• I will get it done in a way that is fiscally efficient.
• You will be able to have a quantitative measure of academic excellence
and a qualitative measurement of good citizenship.
Praying for you daily”

cc Sen.  Durbin

One Comment »

  • Pat Hickey said:

    The only genuine means of getting to School Reform in America is genuine School Choice.

    The best means of achieving this come with School Vouchers available to every family.

    Catholic Schools and other denominatial parochial and independent schools provide the only competition for our over-funded yet floundering public schools and are the only means to spark genuine accountability.

    The Archdiocese Schools have a genuine brawler in Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, who packs some tough knuckles in that velvet glove.

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