John Thompson: When the Choice Roadshow Came to Oklahoma, Led by Dr. Perry

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Thompson is a historian and teacher in Oklahoma:

Oklahoma School Choice Week: The “Red Pill” Targets a Red State

The OK School Choice Summit featured Sen. Mark Loveless who, in part, promotes charters and vouchers as a means of spreading chaos in public school systems. His donor, Betsy DeVos’ the American Federation for Children, was also well represented. DeVos sees school choice as a path to “greater Kingdom gain.”

There had been about 20 anti-corporate reform protesters at the summit, so even though I had registered for the event, I was apparently supposed to be denied entry. By the time I arrived, the police outnumbered the protesters. As some protesters chatted amiably with the summit volunteers, I schmoozed with some pro-reform political leaders who let me walk in with them.

At the time, I didn’t realize that we who opposed the expansion of charters and vouchers…

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