July 17th, 2008
12:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Commentary: McCain right, Obama wrong on school vouchers

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/16/martin.vouchers/art.martin.cnn.jpg caption=" Roland Martin says school vouchers should be an option for families with kids in dead-end schools."]ACCRA, Ghana (CNN) - "All I want is for my children to get the best education they can."

That statement, along with so many others, has been a consistent one that I've heard on my radio show and in discussions with parents for years, especially those whose children are stuck in inner-city schools with decrepit buildings and a lack of critical resources.

And for the past 20 years, one of the most talked-about solutions for parents stuck in dead-end, failing schools is to give them the option to use vouchers to send their children someplace where they could get a quality education.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Midgea

    I saw McCain at the NAACP yesterday and was impressed. He was humble, and the members fo the NAACP were respectful.

    Obama talks about change, but McCain is the real deal for new politics.


    July 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. JT Johnson

    Wow, this must have made you wince, to say that McCain is right on anything.

    July 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Susie, now you know and every body else know with just a little common sence that Sen Obama will debate him under the table Sen Obama is more educated and has a lot more common sence than Sen McCain why would you want to put your boy in an embarrasing position, I really can't wait I always find a good laugh when he's trying to talk in front of people, poor thing, he gets so confused like he did on that Viagra question, now that was an easy question, my 16 year old could have answered that with no problem.

    July 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Ken

    Its not just the schools and teachers that are failing, its the children and the families that attend the schools. A wholescale transition to private schools of that dysfunctional part of the public education customer pool will: 1) negatively affect the private schools, and cause them to reject the dysfunction as they are allowed to do, thus returning the dysfunctional customers back to the public school; and 2) in the meantime, bleed our tax money away from the public system which clearly needs it. The dems are CORRECT: vouchers are no longterm solution.

    The voucher issue shows once again why the right is intellectually bankrupt: they are in it for the "quick fix", and have no stomach for building long term solutions, and that is true for just about every policy issue. People should note that such behavior leans much more to the 'reactionary' than to the conservative. The fact that Mr. Martin would like to and other [R]s do call themselves conservative is quite the mis-nomer.

    July 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Just an intrested driver

    After Hurricane Katrina, BUSH said he would NOT ALLOW price gouging. Then the gas prices started jumping by leaps & bounds while he made all sorts of excuses why. (& got richer). But even if it's the President allowing it, IT'S STILL PRICE GOUGING!
    I remember the last time we had a gas shortage (I believe in the 70's),there was a FREEZE put on gas prices. Why can't that happen again?

    July 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Independent Veteran

    Raymond Duke - are you related to David Duke?

    July 17, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. J Sam

    The solution to Education is the same as the solution to most of the other problems that we currently face. FREEDOM. Allow the public schools to compete with Charter School and a Voucher system. Some of you are afraid of "corporations" I am afraid of government monopolies and the Public School systems along with the teachers unions that hold the status quo are just that. In the effort to make things fair lets not hold back the kids who have parents that are interested in getting them into private schools, charter schools etc.

    July 17, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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