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So yes, for those of you keeping score, that’s five wins for Ed Reform (assuming charter schools prevail in Washington state) versus two losses. But in my book, the Bennett defeat looms so large that there’s little reason to celebrate.
What does this mixed pattern mean for school reform? It’s hard to say. Did Tony Bennett and Tom Luna push too far, too fast with their suite of reforms? Maybe. Or did they simply not raise enough money to fend off challenges? (Is it finally time for Republicans for Education Reform—a DFER equivalent that could come to the aid of bold conservative reformers?)
One thing is for sure: Indiana is going to be a fascinating place to watch, as a Republican governor and strongly Republican legislature do battle with a union-backed Democratic state superintendent.
No victories are permanent. Neither are defeats. The fight goes on.