SIMMONS: Majority of moms vouch for vouchers

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For public feeding programs?

For day care services?

For senior citizens?

For funeral services for the indigent?

For college tuition?

For public schooling?


Local, state and federal governments use vouchers for all sorts of programs. School vouchers should be treated in the same manner.

That mother in Ohio, Kelly Williams-Bolar of Akron, wanted options but took the wrong turn. Nevertheless, her case and the new poll are wake-up calls for voucher supporters in the paternalistic war on education reform.

Mothers know best.

In and out of touch

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is a post-civil-rights Democrat, but he is still fighting segregation and poor schools, when one of America’s greatest latter-day flaws is poor schooling.

Instead of paying homage to Jim Crow, Mr. Gray could learn from Democrat Cory Booker, his Newark, N.J., counterpart, who, at a recent forum, proved that he is as in touch with the necessities of vouchers as Mr. Gray is with his own unwavering support for universal preschool.

“I cannot ever stand up and stand against a parent having options, because I have benefited from my parents having an option,” said Mr. Booker, 43, now in his second term.

Go get ‘em, Kwame

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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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