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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Anti-Gay FRC Promoting Michele Bachmann

From their Daily Bleating:

No Foster Child Left Behind
When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) talks about the needs of at-risk children, people tend to listen. Having raised 23 foster kids themselves, the Bachmanns know better than anyone what it takes to give kids the chance they need to succeed in life. For years, she and her husband have worked to give children the stability they need to excel in education after being bounced from school to school. Now she plans to bring that same hope to children across the country through H.R. 4311, the School Choice for Foster Kids Act. Building on a 1999 law that provides $60 million a year in education and job training vouchers for older foster children, Rep. Bachmann's bill takes the program a step further. H.R. 4311 would allow states to offer vouchers not just to teenagers but to kids of all ages. Her proposal would go far in raising the grades and reducing the dropout rates of foster children. "We should allow families to choose the school that is best equipped to serve their foster child," Rep. Bachmann said. Take it from the expert! Join us in encouraging your congressman to co-sponsor H.R. 4311 and give children with a troubled past the opportunity for a brighter future.

The DB reader noted:

Ways and Means Subcommittee Testimony by Michele Bachmann

Either way, this testimony is a slap in the face for the hardworking teachers and schools who really do care about kids, even foster kids.

1. No where in the "testimony" does she mention that Minnesota is an "Open enrollment" state. If she wanted to get her foster kids to "their school", I am sure, with social worker approval, she could have driven them herself. It's all a matter of priority. It's the foster parent's responsibility to act as the advocate for the foster child, and that means speaking up when things could be better for that child. If you can't be an effective advocate, you have no business being a
foster parent.

2. Siphoning off the few dollars which are available to social services to subsidize private schools is just plain wrong. It also takes dollars away from the public school system, which is probably the intent, anyway.

3. I can't find coverage of this in any MSM outlet, but it has been
picked up by the the Heartland Institute and FRC.

Recall Michele Bachmann has gotten $50,000 and counting from people who signed the Alliance for Separation of School and State (ASSS) pledge.

More Dump Bachmann posts on Michele Bachmann's relationship with ASSS are here.