“”It’s embarrassing to be a Democrat when you hear Democrats talk about education,” she says. “The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party that looks out for poor black kids, yet the kind of rhetoric they spew about … [how the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind law is] ‘sucking the life out of our teachers’—come on. Get real. I believe that until the Democratic Party breaks ties with the teachers unions, we are not going to see the true reform in this country that we need.””
The Bluegrass Institute has already shown how popular school choice is when parents understand what it is. The point of this isn’t to launch a partisan attack. Republicans as a whole have been little better than Democrats on education. But the symbiotic relationship between Democratic party politicians and teachers union activists has extended the lives of too many bad policies. These developments bear watching.