Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Partisanship Schmartisanship

You'll often hear about how school choice is a partisan issue. Only Republicans support it, and all Democrats oppose it, right?

While it's true that special interests have politicized what is at its core a question of doing what's right for kids (and it really shouldn't be a question at all), but courageous Democrats have been coming out in droves over the years on the side of helping children and supporting expanded educational options—be it quality public charter schools, high-achieving traditional public schools, vouchers, or scholarship tax credits. We're hopeful that we'll one day reach a point when we can look back and marvel at why we did all this partisan bickering.

In fact, that point might be closer than we think.

In today's Charlotte Observer, two Democratic legislators take a huge step towards that point in a strong endorsement of a bill that would eliminate the state's arbitrary and ineffective cap on charter schools. Here's a snippet:

...[T]his is a critical issue where we cannot allow the perfect to get in the way of the good. If we are ever to begin improving how we educate our children, it is important to let parents decide what that looks allowing parents more choice in choosing the best educational environment for their children and making it so that new charters can build upon the success of their predecessors. 
We have taken a stand against politics as usual and against the status quo. We are in support of public education and in support of our children. And this is why we stand in support of eliminating North Carolina's charter school cap.
 You can read the entire great piece here.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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