California's Fiscal Collapse: A Lack Of Educational Choice Really Didn't Help Matters

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 11, 2009

So reports Andrew Coulson, with numbers to back up his claims. I don’t know how many more deleterious policy outcomes we have to wait for before finally concluding that educational choice ought to be employed as a way to control costs (not to mention as a way to increase the quality of education throughout the country!), but it appears that states like California–and the federal government itself–are interested in courting just about every kind of policy disaster under the sun before even thinking of trying something new in the field of education policy.

It cannot be emphasized enough: Our education policy is a mess because politicians value teachers’ unions more than they value the interests of parents and kids. Some may call my parentage into question for making such a claim, but when I read sentences like “[w]hen all is said and done, NEA and its affiliates must never lose sight of the fact that they are unions, and what unions do first and foremost is represent their members,” I conclude that I am not dealing with people who value education over parochialism.

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