July 16, 2007

Liked School Busing? Want to do it again?

Like school vouchers, too? Oh, too bad on that one. Maybe you'll like "housing vouchers," though.

John Edwards wants the federal government more involved in local school systems and, if races do not mix voluntarily in them, then he'll make it happen with buses going both ways and housing vouchers for inner city residents to move to the suburbs.

Edwards has plan to diversify schools
By: Mike Allen

Sen. John Edwards plans to warn later this week that the nation’s schools have become segregated by race and income, and he will propose measures to diversify both inner-city and middle-class schools.

The plan calls for beefing up inner-city magnet schools to attract suburban kids, and providing extra money for schools in middle-class areas as a reward for enrolling more low-income students.

...As explained by people who have been consulted about the program, Edwards wants to set aside $100 million to help school districts implement economic integration programs. The money will help finance buses and other resources for schools that enroll additional low-income children.

Another prong of the program would create one million housing vouchers over five years to help low-income families move to better neighborhoods. ....

Maybe we can have one great federal government school system using the unified system in Los Angeles as a model.

There is a lot that I could say, but I'll just leave it to you to think how well those proposals will go over. Me? I can move sixty miles further out or put some cars in my yard and on blocks so that no one would want to live near me.

P.S. Catch the update three posts down on the John Edwards sleeping man.

Posted by Woody M. at July 16, 2007 07:50 PM | TrackBack

If people want to improve schools, they should read up on Daviess County, KY rather than look to presidential candidates.


Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at July 17, 2007 05:49 PM

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