ERIC Number: ED483860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-2
A Time for Choice. Heritage Lectures. No. 820
This lecture addresses a decision made on January 22, 2004, when Congress made a historic decision to fund opportunity scholarships in the nation's capital. As with all decisions, it was about ideas, values, facts, and dreams. This decision came with determined advocacy, vigorous opposition, dramatic moments, and political consequences. In his lecture, Rod Paige discusses this legislation, examines some of the concerns voiced during the congressional debate, and looks ahead to further reform efforts. Talking points brought up in the lecture include the following: (1) included in the 2004 budget, passed by Congress on January 22, 2004, was a plan to introduce opportunity scholarships in the District of Columbia; (2) the D.C. Choice Incentive Program launches a 5-year, federally funded program to provide close to 2,000 low-income students in the District with grants of up to $7,500 each to attend the school of their choice, be it private, parochial, or other; (3) this program is the first that will be overseen by the United States Department of Education in partnership with the District of Columbia; and (4) opportunity scholarships provide a workable, hopeful alternative to open private schools to low-income and minority students trapped in failing public schools. For each of these students, this is educational emancipation. Topics discussed in the lecture include: (1) Partnership with the District; (2) Part of Larger Reforms; (3) Fiercely Fought Battle for Choice; (4) Monopoly in Education Has Failed; (5) Time to Face Reality; and (6) The Road to a Quality Education. [Lecture delivered January 28, 2004.]
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Minority Group Children, Low Income Groups, School Choice, Educational Quality, Scholarships, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.