When Democrat Michael Bennet was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, I knew we would have our healthy share of policy disagreements. But not so much on education reform:
Fifty-eight U.S. Senators – including Coloradoâ€™s own Michael Bennet and Mark Udall – have decided to spend billions on wasteful pork projects, but canâ€™t spare anything to keep 1,700 students from exercising the choice to enroll in a better school.
What am I talking about? Bennet voted against an amendment to save the modest D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program from funding extinction. To be fair, so did most other Democrats: except interestingly, Robert Byrd and John Warner, along with independent Joe Lieberman.
Only two days ago Bennet’s office released a statement saying “If we want to have a real impact on education, we need a bold, new approach, particularly for poor children.” Apparently, that boldness ends at providing meaningful school choice options.
Is Michael Bennet – who once skillfully challenged the unions to advance education reform in Denver Public Schools – now fishing for political support from unions? This might give us insight into an impending decision from the newly selected senator on the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act.