Charter schools, ESAs, and “paycheck protection” are scams, but thanks to the power of West Virginia’s teachers’ unions they have been defeated, for now. Last week’s strike thwarted the omnibus bill that would have drastically changed West Virginia’s education system, but the important thing to remember is that much of SB 451 is boilerplate legislation written by lobbying groups such as ALEC. It is part of a larger attack on public education that has taken place around the country. Proponents of these policies want to turn education into a market, profit from “investing” in educational products, save on their taxes, divert public money to private schools, and undermine teachers’ unions.

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