Senator Elizabeth Warren is one of the biggest phonies in Washington D.C. She holds herself up as a defender of the middle and lower class yet is part of the 1% she rages over. Warren made some of her estimated $9 million in wealth buying foreclosed properties, flipping them and selling them for a tidy profit. There’s nothing wrong with that other than she slammed Donald Trump for saying there were money-making opportunities in distressed properties. That’s to say nothing of the benefits she received, particularly in getting well-paid jobs at Harvard Univerisity and the University of Pennsylvania claiming a Cherokee heritage she cannot prove exists.
Warren now likely wants people to forget she opposed the expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts. A voter referendum in the state this past November failed, thanks in large part to the campaign led by teachers unions and of course, Elizabeth Warren’s opposition.
I will be voting no on Question 2. Many charter schools in Massachusetts are producing extraordinary results for our students, and we should celebrate the hard work of those teachers and spread what’s working to other schools.
But after hearing more from both sides, I am very concerned about what this specific proposal means for hundreds of thousands of children across our Commonwealth, especially those living in districts with tight budgets where every dime matters. Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind.
The funding “concern” is the same tired poppycock offered up by politicians who take their direction on anything related to education from the teacher’s unions who fund their campaigns, at the expense of students.
Here she is, getting all giddy with Sydney Chaffee, a Massachusetts schoolteacher, recently named ‘National Teacher of The Year.’
No surprise here that MA has the best teacher in the US. Congrats to 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee from Codman Academy! pic.twitter.com/ZcQ6D7dBES
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 25, 2017
Codman Academy is a charter school.
The only question worth asking as it relates to expanding charter schools is: Are they doing a better job than traditional public schools where there is a cap?
The answer, unsurprisingly, is yes. The Brookings Institute, not exactly a bastion of conservative ideology, conducted a study on the Massachusetts charter schools and concluded, the cap Warren supports is detrimental to disadvantaged students.
In their executive summary, they write:
This research shows that charter schools in the urban areas of Massachusetts have large, positive effects on educational outcomes. The effects are particularly large for disadvantaged students, English learners, special education students, and children who enter charters with low test scores.
In marked contrast, we find that the effects of charters in the suburbs and rural areas of Massachusetts are not positive. Our lottery estimates indicate that students at these charter schools do the same or worse than their peers at traditional public schools. Notably, the charter cap does not currently constrain charter expansion in these areas. The ballot initiative will therefore have no effect on the rate at which these charters expand.
Massachusetts’ charter cap currently prevents expansion in precisely the urban areas where charter schools are doing their best work. Lifting the cap will allow more students to benefit from charter schools that are improving test scores, college preparation, and college attendance.
Naturally, the cap doesn’t apply where teachers unions and busybody Democratic politicians are less like to have their grubby little fingers over everything.
But in the urban areas of Massachusetts, where kids don’t have access to better public schools, the message from Elizabeth Warren and others is, “Screw you.”
Warren’s hypocrisy is once again on full display. She’s congratulating Chaffee, while at the same time, helping to prevent kids from having access to teachers like Chaffee.