Here's What You Missed at Our #EduPostChat: Are Charter Schools Really a Bipartisan Issue?

Nov 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

by Ikhlas Saleem

Yesterday, Education Post, in partnership with Education Reform Now, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, hosted an #EduPostChat on: "Are Charter Schools Really a Bipartisan Issue?" The chat was inspired by Education Reform Now's recently released report “ A Democratic Guide to Public Charter Schools”—challenging the idea that progressive Democrats haven't been supporters of public school choice. On the heels of that report, Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, shared his thoughts on What a Democratic Wave Election Would Mean for Education Reform. With early voting already in gear and election just days away, we got a donkey and an elephant in a virtual room together and tweeted about everything #Election2016, #EdReform and #CharterSchools.

Who's Really Championing #EdReform

We started the chat with the biggest question of them all: Marianne Lombardo, policy analyst at DFER, was pretty clear on who she thinks is the bigger champion: While Charles Barone, DFER's policy director, reminded us that there's good and bad in each party but "Dems are best party for kids of all ages."

Okay, So What About When It Comes to Policy We could not agree more. And Kim McCabe pointed out that since 1992 every president has been a supporter of charter schools.

What Would a 'Democratic Wave' Election Mean for #EdReform?

Christine Wolfe, senior policy advisor at NAPCS, thinks it could mean "widespread regulation out of a lack of trust of parent choices and charter accountability."

The Cubs Winning the World Series Is the Answer We've Been Waiting For Erika Sanzi, I hope you know we're holding you to it. Check out all the tweets I couldn't add and join in on the conversation at #EduPostChat.

Ikhlas Saleem

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