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Just when you thought that progressives and the far left (they're the same) were calming down after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president, they have hurled themselves back into orbit over his nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.
Ken Zeichner, an education professor writing in the Seattle Times, said she would be a "disaster for public education." The New York Daily News called her a "radical choice." DemocracyNow! declared her to be "Public (School) Enemy No. 1." Aaron Pallas, writing in the Washington Post, said the worst thing that DeVos could do was to use $20 billion of federal funds for block grants to states to instead support vouchers for poor children to attend private schools. Oh, the humanity!
Actually, that's the best thing that she could do. Vouchers for children to attend a school of their choice--public or private--would mean freedom of millions of students now prisoners of the self-serving public school bureaucracy and teachers unions. That's really stoked some extreme left fires because it would mean that students could choose to attend Catholic and other parochial schools. Where they'd be better off. Or at least in a place that their parents believe is better for them.
It's worth a try, but outfits like the Chicago Teachers Union would have us believe that the Chicago Public Schools are their domain, of which they are the masters. Their hypocrisy is so transparent, their self-interest so obvious that it's hardly worth the time to label their "we're-doing-it-for-the-kids" baloney for what it is. How arrogant that as part of their latest strike-threatened extortion that they should demand and get a cap on the number of charter schools available to Chicago students. As if limiting the choices of parents and students is in their interest.
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