Re: The Politics of Charter Schools
I published a ProJo editorial in March that noted the ludicrous comments last Spring about Governor Carcieri’s then-proposed modest increase in charter school funding and insignificant reduction in general education funding.
What made the comments so ridiculous was the proposed small changes in funding for the upcoming year were completely dwarfed by the hefty spending increases of prior years. And what results do we have to show for all that spending?
Education is the gateway to the American Dream for all of our children. I continue to be astounded at how politicians, education bureaucrats, and the teachers’ unions oppose every meaningful reform to the ongoing failings of public education. As you note so well, they would rather protect their own special interests than help disadvantaged children who most need the benefits resulting from some freedom of educational choice.