What Is the Future for School Choice?

Republicans scored a historic electoral victory across the nation, but the public-school establishment held its own on key reform measures promoted by the GOP. Most notably, Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 (to raise the cap on charter schools) lost decisively, even after Governor Charlie Baker campaigned for it. Many believed that initiative was a proxy battle in the national charter war. In Georgia, Republicans supported a constitutional amendment to reform persistently failing schools in the style of New Orleans’s recent successes, but it failed too. The election of Donald Trump, however, places at the top of American politics a man who has been an outspoken proponent of school choice. The task now is for the federal government to promote school choice in local communities where the public-school establishment is solidly entrenched.

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