The mouse that scared the elephant? The D.C. voucher program is (and always was) tiny alongside the behemoth that is federal K-12 policy. A few thousand kids in one city. Terminating it was the single most squalid and dishonorable thing the last Congress did in the education space—and the administration, just as squalidly, went along with it.
Yes, it’s important, partly because resurrecting this wee program is clearly a key to any prospect of bipartisan comity on education policy in the new Congress. And also because it’s a good thing for a very small number of very needy kids who other education options suck.
(photo credit: John Weiss)