Romney To Take On Teachers Unions

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, May 23, 2012.

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    Mitt Romney said Wednesday he will expand Washington’s endangered voucher program as part of a broad push for more school choice nationwide, setting up a dramatic contrast with President Obama, who has called for the D.C. program to be phased out, and with teachers unions, which have fought against expanded choice.

    Mr. Romney announced the push on education in a speech in Washington as he made overtures to Hispanic voters, who regularly tell pollsters that access to education is one of their top concerns — even above immigration — and who generally support vouchers.

    “Here we are in the most prosperous nation, but millions of kids are getting a Third World education. And America’s minority children suffer the most,” Mr. Romney said in a speech to the Latino Coalition, a conservative Hispanic organization. “This is the civil rights issue of our era. And it’s the great challenge of our time.”

    And he declared war on teachers unions, saying they “are the clearest example of a group that has lost its way.” He said Mr. Obama is too beholden to the unions to be able to reform the school system.

    “President Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses — and unwilling to stand up for kids,” Mr. Romney said, accusing the president of putting the unions’ campaign donations ahead of the needs of students those teachers are teaching.
  2. A record number of students last month applied for the far-too-few open seats available by lottery at local charter schools.

    According to figures from the New York City Charter School Center, 67,500 students submitted 133,080 applications.

    Which is as big an endorsement as you can get for charter schools — even as they’ve come under renewed fire from the edu-cartel and the teachers unions.

    But there are only 14,600 slots available at those same schools — leaving as many as 52,900 families on very long waiting lists.

    Indeed, you could fill Yankee Stadium with the overflow — literally.

    Which speaks to the desperate need for more charter schools.

    Fact is, charter students tend to outperform those in their neighborhood district schools. That’s why parents love them — and why the teachers unions hate ’em.

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