Utah: Ground Zero for School Choice

Published June 22, 2007

Howard S. Rich makes a good point about the coalition-building value of school choice supporters going after big wins instead of incremental ones. (“School-Choice Strategy,” weekend edition). But he indulges in hyperbole when he suggests that the teacher unions and education establishment become as exercised over one child gaining school choice as one million.

Clearly, the foes of parental choice have pulled out all stops in forcing a referendum November 6 on repealing the first-in-the-nation universal voucher law the Utah legislature enacted just this February. They see this as a school choice Armageddon. School choice advocates need to muster all their coalition-building strengths to preserve that victory.

Robert Holland ([email protected]) is a senior fellow for education policy with The Heartland Institute.