WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are a lot of “progressives” in America who want the public to believe private school vouchers and other school choice options were created by radical conservatives who want to privatize public education.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told attendees at a recent “Rally to Defend Public Education” – sponsored by Progressive Magazine – that “we have to defend public education because it will slip through our fingers if we don’t.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to defend something that should be an inalienable right,” Lewis said. “Children should not have to shop for an education. That should be an insult to every single parent on the planet.”
Lewis and other progressives like Diane Ravitch, American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda Weingarten, domestic terrorist-turned-teacher Bill Ayers, and countless politicians across the country routinely paint school choice and vouchers as the favored tools of money-grubbing corporate school privateers.
In this ongoing war between these progressives and school reform advocates, Lewis told those at the progressive rally that “one of the most important things we can do as defenders of public education is to speak the truth.”
How’s this for truth: Progressive Democrats have a long history of supporting private school vouchers, and a growing number of modern progressives disagree with their anti-school choice peers.