The opposition directed toward Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a political ploy to retain Democrat voters. Charter schools’ capability to function outside Teacher’s Unions poses a potential weakness towards Democrat influence in urban city areas.
But making party loyalty a priority over child education is rather disquieting.
Salon.com stated, “Neither charter school teachers nor parents are switching sides to the GOP. Instead, they fight internecine warfare with fellow Democrats over the issue through primaries.” Supposing that this just occurred to Democrats would be a severe understatement.
DeVos’ performance during her hearing was partially a result of a targeted campaign to discourage the expansion of charter schools.
Democrat leaders favor teachers’ unions and federally dependent public schools. The educational infrastructure that they have cultivated for decades is at risk. They presented DeVos’ appointment as a hazard to the advocacy groups they support: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to LBGT issues, Sen. Murphy (D-CT) to anti-gun issues, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) to free education, etc.
Although county districts hold authority over the local education infrastructure, it does not keep them from having to follow federal standards to receive federal funding. Accepting federal funding sometimes requires accepting the curriculum that meets federal standard, but not always local district standards.
The Huffington Post reported last year that Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter Academy not only had 100 percent graduation rate, but a 100 percent college acceptance rate for the 7th consecutive year.
Unfortunately, Democrats are attempting to use the narrative of child success as a gateway for more federal regulations within the Department of Education.
Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-VA) line questioning was ironic. He asked, “Should all schools K-12 that receive federal funding be required to report the same information regarding instances of harassment, discipline or bullying?” Sen. Kaine would prefer, whether an educational institution receives one dollar or one million dollars, that they all be mandated to adhere to a federal regulation. That is bullying.
Democrats see their infrastructure of influence could fall apart. They are considering the unthinkable: working with DeVos.
According to Salon.com, “Some charter school operators may be natural Republicans, but their employees are not. The Democrats could lose them if they declare war on all charter schools. That would be exactly what the GOP wants.”
Some Democrat priorities are not educational improvements. It is demographic cultivation. Their battle against charter schools can easily be what causes them to lose local influence. This would produce a shift in counties they rely on.