Spellings And Choice…The Panic And The Irony

The usual suspects are very concerned cum panicked that Bush II will mean an explosion of choice proposals from the administration. Actually, it’s the choiceniks that should probably be concerned, putative Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is not a big choice fan. The good gossip is filled with funny anecdotes about Spellings dissin’ various voucher schemes and the ideological fervor that underpins them.

In fact, she’s not even that hot on charter schools (possibly because Texas isn’t exactly the leading model on charter quality…). Ironically, the usual suspects have a lot less to worry about than even supporters of public charter schools.

Of course, if the President was looking for a place to build some bipartisan unity on education policy, he could do a lot worse than focusing on charter schools.

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