- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s resignation surely counts as a material change in the conditions set by the private foundations that donated some $64.5 million for D.C. public school reform, justifying their reconsideration (“School reform a ‘team’ effort,” Friday, Culture).

Concerned residents ought to appeal to the foundations not to abandon D.C. students but to consider redirecting their support to vouchers, home schooling and other private alternatives. That amount of money could fund 8,600 students at $7,500 per student for the once federally funded Opportunity Scholarships in schools of their families’ choosing. Better still, we might use the private example to leverage similar allocations of the $238 million in general federal payments, in addition to the $75 million in Race to the Top funds, to provide school choices to all students in the District.

MERRILL SMITH

Washington

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