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Juan Williams Smacks Barack Obama, Arne Duncan, and the Teachers' Unions

9:44 AM, Apr 21, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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In a rage, he pens a blistering piece about the dismantling of the D.C. voucher program:

The National Education Association and other teachers' unions have put millions into Democrats' congressional campaigns because they oppose Republican efforts to challenge unions on their resistance to school reform and specifically their refusal to support ideas such as performance-based pay for teachers who raise students' test scores.

By going along with Secretary Duncan's plan to hollow out the D.C. voucher program this president, who has spoken so passionately about the importance of education, is playing rank politics with the education of poor children. It is an outrage.

Yes it is. This unconscionable, indefensible decision to deprive poor minority children of any chance to escape the ghastly conditions and even worse teaching offered up by the District of Columbia public school system--which will not affect Mr. Duncan's own children, or Mr. Obama's, or the children of the "38 percent of the members of Congress [who] made the choice to put their children in private schools"--is, as Williams eloquently puts it, a "sin against our children."