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The Union War on Charter Schools

Many quality studies have shown that students learn more and better in charter schools. Many more studies have shown that students lose all benefits from charter schools once they unionized. In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Jay P. Greene writes:

When charter schools unionize, they become identical to traditional public schools in performance. Unions may say they support charter schools, but they only support charters after they have stripped them of everything that makes charters different from district schools.

So why are Democrats, who claim their commitment to reforming education in America, not only limiting their support to charter schools but also opposing private-school vouchers? Probably because their commitment is to teachers’ unions and bad education rather than choice and good education.

Read about the attacks on charter schools and vouchers in New York, Washington, Milwaukee, and more here

Veronique de Rugy — Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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