Is the tide finally turning on school choice? There's hope from out west believe it or not:
Bottom Line: It's long overdue that the stranglehold teachers unions and status quo educational establishments have over our educational establishment come to an end. At the time of the creation of the Department of Education in 1980, the United States ranked 2nd in education outcomes world-wide (with only Australia besting us). These days we're 18th and ever-sliding.
We've lived for decades under the same old, same old. Teacher's unions that fight school choice. Heaven forbid parents, who are the very taxpayers that pay for the education system be able to use their tax dollars to help educate their children as they see fit. Those who run many school districts that are part of the system of systemic failure resisting change. Superintendents earning large six figure pay days presiding over the educational decay of our children and always saying they don't have enough money and only if they did...
Enter what just happened in LA. Yes, that LA. The Los Angeles Unified School District - one of the most establishment entrenched in the country just had multiple charter school advocates win seats. What's also notable is how they did it. A total of $15 million was spent during the school-district election cycle. Where did the biggest donation come from? None other than outspoken Democrat Reed Hastings. The co-founder of Netflix. He acknowledged that the educational establishment has been failing us and we have to do things differently. He personally donated $7 million to the charter schools candidates. That's what it's going to take to make the difference going forward. Democrats that care more about educating children than their political party. If it can happen in LA - there's hope everywhere.