“The simplest possible way to look at the politics of education is ‘Does somebody care more about the kids or more about the grown ups in the system?’ And there is sure an opportunity for Republicans to be the party that cares more about the kids as opposed to the wellbeing of the grown ups in the system.”
For the past twenty to thirty years, Democrats have mostly owned the issue of education. But the landscape is different now. Republicans have record levels of political control at the state level and ESSA has given states a golden opportunity to use this political control to make lasting education reforms. In part four of my ongoing series on American education, Dr. Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, explains how Republicans can take back the issue of education and become the party that cares more about the students than the adults. The interest of the teachers’ unions is firmly with the teachers, principals, and administrators. Republicans have a real opportunity to become the party of education reform focused on improving the performance and wellbeing of America’s students. They should seize this opportunity immediately.