Education: A Golden Age

“The education sector’s structure and policies will change more in the next 3 years than they changed in the last 2,500 years”

Michael Tobman on the school choice sea change

Democrats in state legislatures throughout the country are supporting charter schools, education tax credits, special needs vouchers, scholarship tax credits and opportunity scholarships. Democratic candidates for offices at every level of government are being asked about and supporting all of the above. Democratic Party leaders are endorsing school choice bills and lending their offices to whip votes. Democrats who support school choice are winning legislative seats in districts with voter registrations that favor Republicans and they are trying to “out-school choice” one another in primaries for reliable Democratic seats. These are the facts on the ground as we look from coast to coast in the summer of 2008. The amazing thing is that this is all happening. The truly astounding thing is that it has taken so long to happen.

Democrats seem to have finally moved past blind adherence to the idea that winning is about cobbling together forced coalitions in advance of Election Day. Their rapid-response “war rooms” have evolved past simply refuting bad press. The permanent campaign finally has embraced the truth that winning elections depends on having winning ideas. Tired relationships that have long stopped being mutually beneficial are being cast aside in favor of ideas and policies that speak to constituencies that have eluded top-down communication and dictates. Newsletters with boring lists of endorsements are being replaced by idea-driven pieces authored by columnists in traditionally hostile newspapers. Democrats are finally taking on hard issues that require work and genuine discussion…

Democrats have again developed a pragmatic, results-oriented view of America that expects more of us all and elevates us in doing so.


2008/08/10 - Posted by | Policy

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