“There almost seems to be a bipartisan conspiracy to make this year’s headline for presidential candidates ‘no standards, no choice and no sense.’
This is a big problem. It says we’ve yielded too much in the debates about public education. I’m not sure why.
As an education voter, I believe in a shortlist of necessary things: high standards, transparent accountability and school choice.
The fact is charter schools have improved the landscape of public education for the urban poor. Of course we admit these schools are not perfect and we have a long way to go before their quality is anything close to uniform, but on balance they are breaking new ground and no candidate should get applause for wavering, or worse, by saying they will kill those promising schools if elected.”