Firm Schools, White House, Big Bunny

by NYC Firm Schools on March 26, 2010

There are a number of White House policies lately that have led to disagreements in the public. The numerous policy changes that have affected the Public and Private School communities have created an atmosphere of tension in Washington as more and more voucher systems, beginning with those in DC, have fallen out of favor and resulted in less opportunity for financially disadvantaged students.

CNS News reported on the latest decision coming out of the White House that has caused a rift in the Public and Private School community families, and it involves some eggs, some food coloring and a large, hopping bunny.

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools. The 3,000 reserved tickets will be distributed to students at 11 public schools in D.C. and a few others in Virginia and Maryland.

The appearance of separating the two, even considering the many tickets that were available by lottery, does little to help bring public and private school families together, as the Obama administration has also been criticized for failing to support voucher programs that help low-income and minority children attend private and parochial schools. Of those free White House Easter Egg Roll tickets, it should be noted that there are many more tickets that were given out by lottery process and were eligible to all. All students from Public, Private and Parochial schools in the Washington metropolitan area could register for the online lottery system which was used to distribute the rest of the many thousands of tickets.

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