5 years ago, he WAS a deranged side-show from Vermont. Now he IS a "mainstream DEMOCRAT" loony-tune candidate being taken seriously by the afflicted.
Just announce to a group of Liberals that your hunting club will be conducting its annual Zoo Buffet, and watch them go ballistic!
Meanwhile, back in Realityville, .........
Orange County Register - Editorial
Bernie Sanders Lashes Out at Charter Schools
Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined the war against school choice by demonizing charter schools in his proposed education plan. In doing so, Sanders has thrown under the bus one of the most promising educational movements in the country.
“The damage to communities caused by unregulated charter school growth must be stopped and reversed,” Sanders argues in his proposal, echoing a line teachers unions have hysterically made over the past several years, especially here in California.
Sanders’ solution? If elected president, Sanders would support calls for a moratorium on charter schools — “that means halting the use of public funds to underwrite new charter schools.” He would also insist on an array of policies to undermine charter schools and expand the influence of teachers unions over them.
The desire of teachers unions and their allied politicians like Sanders to constrain the growth of charter schools makes sense. Charter schools, while still very much public schools, offer the sort of alternative to traditional public schools that teachers unions don’t appreciate.
After all, if parents can exercise the freedom of choice to send their children to a school that looks more promising, and is just outside the sphere of influence of teachers unions, the success of charter schools inevitably reveals the flaws of the traditional public school system.
There’s a reason charter schools have grown significantly in popularity in the past decade, and it’s not the result of a sinister plot to undermine public education so some billionaires can make more money.
It’s because there are real flaws with the traditional public school system that parents and teachers alike want alternatives to traditional school systems. But Bernie Sanders would rather see teachers unions strengthen their stranglehold over education policy and see more money dumped into failing systems.
“We do not need two schools systems; we need to invest in our public schools system,” his plan argues.
Of course, in this statement Sanders makes the strong assertion that he knows what parents, students and teachers need. This might make sense for a lifelong politician like Sanders, but for the parents, students and teachers who have benefited from school choice, such assertions are nonsensical.
Further, Sanders’ attack on charter schools and regurgitating of teachers union arguments against them wrongly perpetuate the notion that there’s anything contradictory about supporting charter schools and investments in public education generally.
While teachers unions want to frame charter schools as something only Republicans support, support for charter schools has never been a lopsidedly partisan issue.
Alas, Sanders, and a growing segment of Democratic figures, don’t care about school choice. They put public sector union interests above all else.
Sanders would rather see teachers unions strengthen their stranglehold over education policy and see more money dumped into failing systems.
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