Eliot Spitzer has shown some hints of favoring education reform in the
past, and he even said he supports education tax credits in theory the other day
(which surely made Randi Weingarten's week worse). But Paterson, by virtue of
who he is and whom he represents, is indicative of a broader trend that should
trouble the teachers unions. Minority legislators in New York (all Democrats)
have been throwing more and more support behind charter schools as their
communities experience just how amazing some of the programs -- like KIPP and
Achievement First -- really are.
The unions can't hold the line against this for long. They're losing
more and more ground every year -- up to the point where, now, in 2006, we have
a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who supports tax credits and his
running-mate who supports charter schools.
Also, along the same lines, but written before the Paterson announcement this week, Tom Carroll writes in the Post that the possibility now exists for a "sea change in educational policy."
But not so fast. Randi Weingarten weighs in here on the proposed tuition tax credit. She doesn't dig it all that much.
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