“The idea behind charter schools is that not all kids are the same—they have different needs; they have different environments—but there is a certain common level of education that all kids need, no matter how different they are, and that it would be a good thing to allow schools to be developed which had a clear mission, which could reach out to kids who wanted to be a part of that mission, who could achieve educational excellence for children who otherwise might be left behind…” —Bill Clinton
“Charter schools encourage educational entrepreneurs to try innovative methods. They break up the monopoly of one-size-fits-all education. These diverse, creative schools are proof that parents from all walks of life are willing to challenge the status quo if it means a better education for their children. More competition and more choices for parents and students will raise the bar for everyone.” —George W. Bush
“Our children only get one chance at an education, and charter schools demonstrate what is possible when States, communities, teachers, parents, and students work together.”—Barack Obama
It took Ronald Reagan to make me a Democrat. It took Bill Clinton to make me begin to question what I thought I knew about the Democratic Party- which is sad that it only took the one Democratic president of my adult life at that point. It took Barack Obama to make me understand that political parties are a thing of the past. What I now understand to be red or blue, right or left, Republican or Democrat is defined by what cable news channel one watches or what Facebook groups one belongs to. If you’re an Average American, your life is defined by what corporation you support: Amazon? Netflix? Walmart? Apple? Verizon?
With that I send you over to this, an LA Time Op-Ed on how the Democratic Party has been changed by the corporate reforms in education and the power of the money of the reform groups. That box you check on your voter registration form? Just another corporation. Same ones as the person checking the other box.