Identity politics threatens education reform movement – Power Line (blog)

The drive for education reform brought together an unusual coalition — conservatives who believe in free markets and left-wing community activists who knew little about Milton Friedman but who saw that the public school monopoly was failing children from poor families. For more than 20 years, this coalition has effectively advanced the cause of school choice, often with very beneficial results.

But the coalition is fraying thanks, at least in part, to the rise of Black Lives Matter, including its ripple effects. This issue of Education Next provides a good sense of the fraying.

The Black Lives Matter movement opposes school choice. So does the NAACP. Both have called for a moratorium on public charter schools.

The black community organizers who have pushed for school choice remain committed to it, as far as I can tell. But many seem now to be insisting that the cause be…

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