n “Lost opportunity for charter schools,” Robert Pondiscio says education reformers should blame themselves for the failure of a ballot initiative last month to establish more charter schools in Massachusetts. The vote on “Question 2” wasn’t even close: 62% of voters were against it. That’s embarrassing. Only one other ballot question was answered more decisively: 77% of voters were against “extreme farm animal confinement.” No more eggs from cramped chickens.
But that’s another story.
Pondiscio explains that education reformers have been “too enamored of our own civil-rights-issue-of-our-time rhetoric to worry much about building a constituency among the middle class.” In other words, we’re out of touch.
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