He added: "We know that too many public schools are failing. Over 200 failing schools -- 6 percent grade level for reading, 5 percent grade level for math. We need new ideas. ... The education industry has said the same thing for decades: more money, and more money, and more money, and it will change. We spend more money per pupil than any state in the nation; we're number 32 in results. It's not just about putting more money in the public school system, it's trying something new and that's what charter schools are all about."
Rescuing children has always been a political issue for Democrats, but they aren't being rescued. Too many are drowning in failed, monopolistic government schools. Conservatives and Republicans should be riding to their rescue, saying something like this: "It is a form of child abuse to deny any child a decent education. Education is a child's ticket to the future, but too many liberal Democrats have stamped those tickets 'invalid' by forcing them to remain in schools where their chances of succeeding are greatly diminished."
If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It's positive, it's optimistic, and it will work.
During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy repeatedly said: "We can do better." So can conservatives. So can Republicans. So can America. Even a Wookiee might agree.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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