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How the Education Establishment Botched COVID-19 and Boosted the School Choice Movement

April 11, 2022

For the past two years, America’s most powerful teachers’ unions have sought to capitalize on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations have thrown their considerable weight around, cowing politicians into keeping schools closed much longer than science or common sense demanded and successfully lobbying for hundreds of billions in COVID relief for these same schools and their teachers.

Yet perhaps never before has “never let a good crisis go to waste” backfired so spectacularly. Thanks to their hubris and overreach, unions and their allies in the educational establishment have unintentionally given an enormous boost to the school choice movement.

Read the rest of the op-ed at Discourse.

Matt Beienburg is Director of the Van Sittert Center for Constitutional Advocacy and Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute.



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