As more and more cracks begin to show in the Common Core initiative, Americans are pushing back, insisting that parents—not bureaucrats in Washington—should “be in charge” of their children’s education. This assertion, delivered by the Friedman Foundation’s Robert Enlow at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), was met with rousing applause, signaling attendees’ determination to keep the federal government from intruding further into another facet of American life.
Enlow, along with veteran conservative author-activist Phyllis Schlafly and the Pioneer Institute’s Jim Stergios, spoke Thursday on a CPAC panel that addressed Common Core and the broader need for school choice in America. Moderated by The Heritage Foundation’s Will Skillman Fellow in Education, Lindsey Burke, the panel proved to be one of the day’s most exciting events.
I have been harping on this for a while, and was encouraged to hear that Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Tim Scott all brought up school choice on Thursday as well.
The GOP has had a bad habit for years now of getting distracted by defending whatever nothingburger garbage the Democrats and the media throw at them to keep them away from real issues. School choice is one that hits the progressive left hard, which is why the new commie in charge of New York City has already gone to war with charter schools.
Maybe, just maybe, the higher-ups in the party are hitting the Ritalin and focusing for once.