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Shake up the schools: DeVos and Edelblut mean reform

January 22. 2017 7:24PM

Reformers are starting to make progress in chipping away at the public education monopoly. The monopoly is fighting back.

In Washington, Senate Democrats are dutifully carrying water for the teachers’ unions that get them re-elected by attacking Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos.

DeVos has been a champion for school choice, especially in her home state of Michigan where she helped give poor families some of the same choices available to the rich.

Unions, and their vassals, see any competition as a threat to public schools. They are pulling out all the stops to keep DeVos from being confirmed. That would have been easier had Democrats not changed Senate rules to take away their ability to filibuster Cabinet nominations.

In Concord, the public school bureaucracy senses a similar threat from Frank Edelblut, Gov. Chris Sununu’s pick to head the Education Department.

Democratic Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky tried to smear Edelblut as “someone who fundamentally doesn’t believe in public education.”

The only evidence of such an absurd claim is that Edelblut and his wife chose to home-school their seven children.

Edelblut made the best choice for his family, and wants to give all New Hampshire families more options.

Neither DeVos nor Edelblut has experience inside the public education bureaucracy. Democrats consider this disqualifying. We find it refreshing.

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