Monday, March 05, 2012

Why we support school choice

Some great news from Colorado:

Embracing this independent pragmatism, Colorado's political leadership has now coalesced around school choice. Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed January 22 – 28th School Choice Week in Colorado, receiving public support from traditional democratic strongholds including the Colorado Education Association, as well as elected officials on both sides of the political aisle.

In Colorado, school choice has appropriately always enjoyed support from both Democrats and Republicans. Nationally, choice has too often been divisive, with some Republicans using choice as a wedge issue to deconstruct the Federal role in education, while other Democrats have resisted change in any form in an attempt to preserve the status quo. But in Colorado, the emergence of elected Democrats independent from legacy policies and willing to form broad coalitions has reframed the debate on education reform.

School choice appeals to the best instincts of both political parties. It allows Democrats to adhere to their core principals of equality and opportunity – so that a student's zip code does not determine the quality of their education. It allows Republicans to introduce moderate – and managed – market dynamics and the beginnings of limited competition in the public school sector.


Why we support school choice

By Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, (D-Colo.), Mike Hancock, Mayor, Denver Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) Sen. Michael Johnston (D-Denver) - 02/28/12 01:00 PM ET

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