The Washington Post editors turn in a nice defense of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program today. As they point out, it will be tough to get Congress to approve the $18 million set aside for the program, especially considering the fierce opposition of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
But the good news, frankly, is that Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat, is going to the Capitol to defend the program--i.e., to defend vouchers. For an issue propelled primarily by the fuel of party affiliation, it's extremely heartening to see a political leader have the guts to say, "Hey, this idea has enormous potential for turning around a district in shambles, and I'm going to stand up for it, simple as that."
(Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark and a man of seemingly boundless integrity and conviction, has also publicly supported vouchers. Let's hope the trend continues.)