December 5, 2005

NATURAL REPUBLICANS:

N.J. Democrats Embrace School Choice (Dan Lips, Dec 5, 2005, Human Events)

[A] group of New Jersey Democrats is now breaking ranks with its party in a move that could have implications across the nation.

Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) and four Democrat colleagues are sponsoring legislation to create a corporate tax credit program that would allow businesses to provide tuition scholarships to 4,000 low-income children in Camden, Newark, Orange and Trenton. These students could leave their public schools and attend private schools of their parents' choice. Similar legislation has been proposed in the State Senate.

Cruz-Perez explains her support for this measure: “Expanding schooling and program options for low-income, often minority, students in urban school systems is the most immediate way to address poor educational prospects for these families. It is a necessary step and an urgent one that will also rebuild these neighborhoods and cities.” [...]

Supporters of the measure will face a powerful opponent: The New Jersey Education Association, the state's 190,000-member teachers union. [...]

The teachers union won't be the only obstacle school choice backers will face. Both Acting Governor Richard Codey and Governor-elect Jon Corzine are on record against school vouchers.


It's generally true, but especially obvious in the area of public education, that the Democrats are the enemies of poor minorities.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2005 1:20 PM
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True, but the victims don't know it.

Posted by: erp at December 5, 2005 6:15 PM
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