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Politics From Both Sides Hampering Public Education

Posted by Steve Schram on May 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Originally published on May 19, 2016 on The Huffington Post by Jack Jennings.

Public schools would be better if two major obstacles were removed. Teachers’ unions have injected too much partisanship into schooling, and conservatives have undercut the promise of a good education for all students.

These two issues are interconnected. The more the teachers’ unions became involved with endorsing candidates for public office, the more the conservative politicians, who were often not union-endorsed, hardened their opposition to public education. Conversely, the more the conservatives attacked public education, the more the unions used partisan politics to blunt it.

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