Can Beacon Hill do better?

By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2009

We say it's about time somebody did attack those "rights," which have too often stood in the way of ensuring quality education in our public schools.

Unfortunately, the legislature is unlikely to stage that attack; its Democratic members are mostly in the pocket of the teachers' unions.

The Patrick administration won't be of much help, either. In typical fashion, it appears to have shot itself in the foot with the revelation this week that Secretary of Education Paul Reville pushed for approval of a Gloucester charter school purely to further the political prospects of this education-reform package.

If lawmakers needed an excuse to vote down this bill, Reville has just handed it to them.

The grateful teachers' unions will, as they always do, reward those legislators with hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions and independent expenditures, to help them get re-elected next year. After all, that's the kind of jackpot they really care about.

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