SIMMONS: On school choice, Ryan earns an A+

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As my colleague Tom Howell Jr. reported Thursday, 1,489 scholarships were awarded to returning D.C. students and 299 new students received vouchers, for a total of 1,788.

Seventy-five percent of the new kids had attended a traditional or charter school designated as “in need of improvement,” the article said.

I love it.

A Romney administration, with Mr. Ryan in seat No. 2, could mean rescuing still more low-income kids caught in the crossfire of school-reform efforts — a welcoming prospect when you consider the fact that Mr. Romney wants to expand the already popular voucher program.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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