In the American Jobs Act, President Obama has put forth his most significant piece of educational policy so far: $60 billion in deficit spending to keep the teachers we currently have and to ensure that they work in buildings with green roofs and cleaner furnaces. Almost all Americans agree that we need educational reform; few would agree that this is what we had in mind.
While some of the president’s previous education-reform efforts have been laudable, these provisions were written not to fix our schools with bipartisan support, but to fire up the Democrats’ best shock troops: America’s unionized teachers.
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