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DEBATE: Rhee Position On Vouchers Not Entirely Clear

Last night's debate ended with some generally uninformative discussion of education issues, until Senator McCain started claiming that DC chancellor Michelle Rhee supported vouchers.

15debatestatic2_600 Obama, who had first mentioned the DC success story, corrected McCain, saying she supported charters not vouchers.  But McCain persisted.  (Transcript here, see video too at the 1:24 mark.)

What's the scoop?  Well, it turns out McCain wasn't as wrong on the subject as you might have thought:

"While Chancellor Rhee hasn’t taken a formal position on vouchers, she disagrees with the notion that vouchers are the remedy for repairing the city’s school system."

Rhee “Hasn’t Taken a Formal Position on Vouchers” City Paper (DC)

Make of that what you will. 


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Though Chancellor Rhee doesn't take a formal position, her office's position on vouchers should hardly embolden Sen. McCain.

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