It turns out President Obama may be more of a reactionary rather than a liberal when it comes to education policy. How else to explain his administration's decision to side with anti-reform teachers unions on a fundamental issue of fairness?
In March, the Obama White House issued a statement saying it would "strongly oppose" a bill sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner that would revive and expand scholarships for low-income students in Washington, D.C. It allowed teachers unions to kill the highly successful program in early 2009, meaning that no students other than those with existing scholarships can be part of the program in the future. The Obama administration remains determined to continue to close the door of educational opportunity to D.C. students.