Monday, January 24, 2011

Superintendents fight rearguard action

"The superintendents of the Broken Arrow, Jenks, Liberty, and Union school districts announced at a Monday afternoon press conference their plan to sue Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt over the issue of private school scholarships for disabled students," the Tulsa World reports.

So as this matter makes its way through the courts -- and the defenders of the status quo are forced to defend anti-Catholic bigotry -- policymakers should turn their attention to SB 969, a bill by Sen. Dan Newberry (R-Tulsa) which will help special-needs kids and more.

Clearly these superintendents have no choice but to use force to maintain their salaries and benefits. (It's not like private firms are beating down their doors with offers to pay them two hundred grand a year.) They must block the schoolhouse door to keep the little revenue units trapped inside. David Boaz puts it well in his book The Politics of Freedom:
Every argument against choice made by the education establishment reveals the contempt that establishment has for its own product. School boards, superintendents, and teacher unions are convinced that no one would attend public schools if they had the choice. Like Fidel Castro and former postmaster general Anthony Frank, they have a keen sense of the consumer demand for their product and are fighting a rearguard action to protect their monopoly.

But school choice marches on, and history won't look kindly on those who attempted to block the door, denying some children their only shot at the American dream. As Cato's Adam Schaeffer writes, "Choice opponents are on the wrong side of right and the wrong side of history."

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