Thursday, June 9, 2011

Video clip of the day

Man bites dog: Blacks protesting the NAACP in Harlem

Why would the NAACP fight to keep those schools open?

I think there is an ideological affinity with the Democratic Party on education where they want more spending and more things.

The black community has a stake in keeping these education options open.

Riley and McGurn touch on something that we have noticed in the charter school battle with respect to political parties. Though we have urged the Republican party to seize this issue as it plays well with minorities as well as simply being the right thing to do, it is Democrats, if not necessarily the Democratic party that are at the forefront of this issue.

To wit: Democratic mayors and pols in rust belt and northeast/mid-Atlantic cities are doing battle with the Democratic party machinery, i.e. teachers' unions to close down these failing schools and open charters. Because of these political, geographic and demographic realities, the GOP is on the outside looking in on much of the charter school struggle.

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