Romney to NAACP: I’ll champion ed reform

In his NAACP speech, Mitt Romney promised to “be a champion of real education reform” and a foe of special interests that try to “get in the way.”

When it comes to education reform, candidates cannot have it both ways – talking up education reform, while indulging the same groups that are blocking reform. You can be the voice of disadvantaged public-school students, or you can be the protector of special interests like the teachers unions, but you can’t be both.

. . . I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted. And I will make that a true choice by ensuring there are good options available to all.

Black children are 17 percent of students nationwide, but 42 percent of students in the worst-performing schools, Romney said.

Our society sends them into mediocre schools and expects them to perform with excellence, and that is not fair. Frederick Douglass observed that, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Yet, instead of preparing these children for life, too many schools set them up for failure.  Everyone in this room knows that we owe them better than that.

Romney’s education proposals are here.

The NAACP should listen to Romney (and Obama) on school choice, writes RiShawn Biddle, a crusader against “zip-code education.”

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