The title is “The education debacle of the decade” – and wasn’t it, just? It’s about the Democratic party’s successful efforts to re-segregate the DC school system, in the guise of killing the Opportunity Scholarship Program… and I’m being even blunter about this than author Bob Ewing says that the Washington Post is being (no link to WaPo at site):
It’s clear, though, from how the destruction of the [OSP] program is being orchestrated, that issues such as parents’ needs, student performance and program effectiveness don’t matter next to the political demands of teachers’ unions.
Sure, teachers’ unions hate school choice. Exposing a monopoly to market forces always ticks off the monopolists. But even if the teachers’ unions had been on-board with the OSP, the single-minded way that the Democratic party leadership went hammer and tongs after this small program tells me that white, Democratic legislators have a real problem with poor minority students suddenly appearing in their white, privileged, private schools. And now that they have both branches of government, they’re finally in a position to do something about it.
Because nothing scares a Democratic politician more than a minority voter with an education. You never know when one of them will crack a history book written before 1964.
PS: And where are African-American politicians in all of this? Take it away, Malcolm X: