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Democratic Progress on Education

Mickey Kaus has written about the apparently increasing openness of Democrats to educational reform that isn’t union-approved. Dan Lips of the Heritage Foundation writes in to confirm the trend. When Florida expanded its tax credit for educational donations in May, a third of the party’s caucus voted for it. Louisiana’s scholarship bill, signed into law by Gov. Jindal in June, was sponsored by Democrats. This morning, Colorado state senator Chris Romer (son of former governor and DNC chairman Roy Romer) told some NR reporters how he had sponsored a bill allowing schools to opt out of their districts’ collective-bargaining agreements–a bill that other Democratic legislators supported and that Democratic governor Bill Ritter signed.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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