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Republicans Missing Chance on Education Reform

Stuart95 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM
This is an old concept crying out for national leadership. Should he grow a pair and champion massive public education reform that is an actual improvement instead of window-dressing, Romney would energize conservatives and pick up votes from thinking blacks and Hispanics. Those he would alienate - old-time liberals and unions - are not going to vote for him anyway. This would also help Romney avoid a milk-toast presidency (see: Bushes). There are plenty of state and local data about school choice available to demonstrate what works and what doesn't, politically and educationally. And there are plenty of horror stories, starting in DC, to demonstrate what doesn't work - and identify the guilty. And besides, it's all for the children.
wmou Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:12 AM
" Those he would alienate - old-time liberals and unions - are not going to vote for him anyway"
You left out conservatives who think the constitution bans the central government from interfering with public education in any way.
Stuart95 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 1:59 PM
Federal interference into education is a train that has left the station. The education fight must be chosen carefully; school choice has enough empirical data behind it to embarrass - make that discredit; the statists are clearly unembarrassable - those that cling to the status quo that is so harming our youth.
One area that awareness of the need for freedom from government control has penetrated black attitudes is in education.

The chronic failure of public schools to notably improve dismal test scores and high dropout rates of black children has made it clear to many black citizens of good will that there has got to be a better way.

Polls show black support for school choice. For example, in a poll done last year in New Jersey by the Rutgers-Eagleton Center at Rutgers University, 54 percent of blacks expressed support for school vouchers compared to 36 percent of...