New York Times takes a look at the whole Campbell Brown debate. It has gotten nasty, but I still think part of the heat here stems from the attention it’s putting on the broken arbitration system. Like “rubber rooms” it’s one of these dirty secrets that doesn’t get a lot of attention and where tacit understandings between both “sides” – city and union – thwart easy solutions.
Ron Matus points out that vouchers are not exclusively a right-wing idea. He’s right, but he could have gone further back than when it was in vogue for people like Matt Miller, Bill Galston, Diane Ravitch, etc…to step up and support them. In the late 1960s and early 1970s vouchers were a popular idea among progressives as a way to equalize opportunity and address fiscal disparities affecting low-income students. The idea became perceived as a solely conservative one because of its association with Milton Friedman – especially after his TV show and Nobel Prize – not because he exclusively cooked it up. The merits are a different conversation, but when you hear vouchers exclusively characterized as right-wing your BS detector should go off, the history is more complicated.