(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
And so begins New York City Mayor de Blasio’s war on charter schools. I had almost become accustomed to the idea that the Right had a monopoly on absurd circular firing squad style education debates, but as Rotherham and Whitmire note the reformer versus teacher union sock puppet battle is alive and well on the Left and coming soon to a town near you.
Unlike the cries of pundits either desperate for attention or hoping to finally get their Wile E. Coyote ACME Curriculum in a Box scheme to somehow work from the top down this time, the battle on the left has some very real and tangible victims. So far the toll looks to include hundreds of children who will be losing the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. These are real parents, real children, and very high-quality schools being stripped away.
New York City does not lack for Democrats with a deep commitment to charter schools. Let’s see if they rise to the occasion for these kids.