Stories like this one reported in today’s Rocky Mountain News have to frustrate the teachers union to no end. A coalition of urban Democrats join Republicans in the state legislature to stand up for the power of parental choice.
The state’s education establishment – personified by the 600-pound gorilla Colorado Education Association – isn’t comfortable with empowering parents, for obvious reasons. And they aren’t going to go down without a fight.
The growing inevitable reality, however, is that choice and competition will break down the walls of the schoolhouse monopoly. Look at Utah, Arizona, Georgia, and Virginia where voucher proposals are moving through the state legislatures. And look at Colorado, where an unprecedented Democratic majority at the zenith of power will struggle mightily to hope to undo the progress of public school choice.
Say what you want: Choice in education is here to stay, and choice begets more choice. It’s a fact of life that CEA and its legislative allies will have to learn to live with.