In a May column, veteran ABC television anchor John Stossel ventures into the trenches of the battle for school choice. Excerpt:
Attacks from powerful unions haven’t dimmed the passion of school-choice advocates. It’s as if they say to themselves, “You can call us names, but we know what we are doing is morally right.”
In San Antonio, Texas, Jim and Cecilia Leininger have spent $10 million of their own money to give private-school scholarships to 8,000 students who were struggling in government schools.
At a meeting of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Jim said, “We hadn’t had this program going for one month, and the principal of a school in San Antonio called us and said, ‘I’ve got two black kids in my school that are identical twins. They’ve just entered the sixth grade. They’re 11 years old. They’re good kids. They’re good students. They don’t want to be in a gang. The gang is after them. And if you don’t give them a scholarship on an emergency basis, they’re going to get killed.'”