My friend Jeanne Allen from the indispensable Center for Education Reform calls school choice “the civil rights issue of our time.” She’s so right. The issue is teed up for Republicans because Democrats and the teachers unions (they are one in the same) despise school choice.
So Republicans can run with the issue because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s a way for them to demonstrate that they care about those at the bottom of the income scale.
But sometimes I wonder if they do.
Last year Republicans did something unforgivable and monumentally stupid. The House leadership admits that they “inadvertently” left out of the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed late last year a Washington, D.C. voucher program for poor black and Hispanic parents. Can you imagine the Democrats forgetting to fund their deranged climate change agenda? No chance.
Apparently Republicans were too busy funding the Export Import Bank and sanctuary cities.
But these minority parents should have been the highest priority if Republicans still want America to be an opportunity society.