Authored by Kelsey Harkness / @kelseyjharkness / December 26, 2016
URL of the original posting site: http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/26/they-grew-up-in-a-poor-neighborhood-how-school-choice-changed-these-brothers-lives/
Carlos and Calvin Battle grew up in the poorest neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where nearly two-thirds of children are living in poverty. In 2016, only 42 percent of students attending the local public high school graduated. In an attempt to get her sons a better education, their mother, Pam Battle, enrolled Calvin and Carlos in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The program provides low-income families vouchers to send their children to private schools, and has shown a promising ability to increase graduation rates. However, many—including teachers unions, the Obama administration, and the education establishment—have worked to shut down the program.