So who is it that benefits from getting rid of vouchers?
Supporters of a celebrated school voucher program in Washington rallied near the mayor's office Wednesday to save the scholarships from being slashed by Congress -- nearly 40 percent of whose members send their own children to private schools.
An estimated 1,000 parents, children and community leaders attended the afternoon protest in Washington's Freedom Plaza, where they called on D.C. politicians to help preserve a federal school choice program that currently assists more than 1,700 students with scholarships worth up to $7,500. . . . .
The same congress that thinks that vouchers for education are bad, vouchers for cars good?
Congress has approved legislation to offer consumers $4,500 for trading in their gas-guzzling clunkers in exchange for newer, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Dubbed the “Cash for Clunkers” bill, the legislation was approved on May 5 by Congress and is headed for the House. The bill would be active for one year after it is signed, and would fund up to one million new vehicles. This could cost anywhere between $3 billion and $4 billion. . . . .
Qualifying passenger cars must get less than 18 miles per gallon to be eligible. If the desired new car gets at least 4 miles per gallon more than the trade in, the owner will get a voucher worth $3,500. However, if the new car gets 10 or more miles per gallon, the voucher value is upped to $4,500.
Some education numbers for DC available here.