J’Accuse! Oh, My Mistake

A little while ago, we had a back-and-forth about schools. In the midst of debate, commenter Tom took something I wrote out of context:

That’s a bold claim that the elements of a public system are all so self serving with such disregard to the students.

That wasn’t the claim I was making at the time. Unfortunately, it looks like the claim I should have made. Prove me unfortunately prophetic, Daily Caller:

Why did this happen?  According to former DC Mayor Anthony Williams and former DC Councilman Kevin Chavous (both Democrats), the answer is politics at its worst.

Williams and Chavous co-authored an op-ed arguing that politicians opposing OSP “are largely fueled by special-interest groups that are more dedicated to the adults working in the education system than to making certain every child is properly educated.”

The editorial board of the Washington Post put it a little more bluntly:

It’s clear, though, from how the destruction of the [OSP] program is being orchestrated, that issues such as parents’ needs, student performance and program effectiveness don’t matter next to the political demands of teachers’ unions. . . .

As it turns out, the teachers unions are the single largest contributor to federally elected politicians, with the vast majority of their funds going to Democrats.  The teachers unions don’t like programs like OSP because when parents have the freedom to choose, they may choose schools that don’t have unionized teachers.

DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton was one of the principal opponents of OSP and was instrumental in ending the program.   Guess who her largest donor is?  Answer here.

The three main critiques of OSP are that it takes money away from the public schools, is not accountable and does not provide a cure-all solution to improving education.  None of these critiques has merit.

The full article has the facts to dispel lingering doubts. And if you don’t get upset by hundreds of students being crushed under self-interested union wheels, than consider this; where do public unions get money to lobby and donate from? From the parents they’re abusing. Prostitution is illegal in the District, but you can (and will be forced to) pay the public unions to fuck you, and your kids.

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