Tuesday, May 19, 2009

DC Opportunity Scholarships and the future of Catholic Schools.

The Archdiocese of Washington DC has been mounting a public relations campaign to show that the ending of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program will harm children. Bravo! Good Job! Unfortunately, the local media who helped to elevate the Most Merciful, the Lord High Barack Obama, now does what it can to keep him elevated so that all can worship him.

Part of the reason for the campaign is due to the fact that almost 900 of the 1700 children who participate in this campaign go to Catholic schools. The loss of these students will of course mean the closing of a number of schools.

Now, where are the liberal Catholics? Where is the social justice crowd? Have you noticed that they seem to be silent on this issue. Go over to the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Notice all of the public press releases before the election. Notice the number now? (Very few.) Notice how many have to do with giving parents an option to send their children out of failing schools. (None.)

Catholics on the left are very, very silent on this issue. I guess that Catholic education, which I thought was part of the larger social justice issue because they keep talking about money for schools and not for bombs, just isn’t that important when it comes to parents making a choice.

Now, for those of you who do not know, the Most Merciful, the Lord High Barack Obama, has given his blessing, thru his minions, that those who are currently in the program may stay. Those who are not, well, you get to suffer in a system that spends over $11,000 per year per student and still wants more.

Again, it always makes me ask: How many parents of the 800 students voted for the Most Merciful? How many administrators and educators who staff those Catholic schools voted for him? Is this the change you expected?

The next time you go to the voting booth remember who did this to you: The Most Merciful, Lord High Barack Obama and his minions.

PS: For those who keep talking about the cost of educating a child, the DC Opportunity Scholarships cost only about $7500 per student with Catholics picking up the rest of the tab. So, the issue is not about cost, but something much deeper and much more disturbing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This would have been an easy matter to settle if the Archdiocese really wanted these scholarships. The Archbishop only had to tell the D.C. Council and the Obama Administrations that if they choose not to support Opportunity Scholarships, then the Archdiocese would be forced to withdraw the millions of dollars in funding that Catholic Charities gives for District Social Services each year. The Archdiocese would have to redirect these funds to Catholic Education. Simple, you give, we give. We all work together on this. But if the Archbishop is actually looking for a way out of supporting inner-city Catholic schools, then this is a convenient way.