H/T to Ben at Mount Virtus [www.bendegrow.com] for pointing out that the Merrifield "special place in hell" email has received national attention at World Net Daily. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55502
Last week the Merrifield email was a hot topic amongst the Colorado "charterizers" in attendance at the National Charter School Conference and mentioned by many of the national speakers. Most were shocked that Rep. Merrifield expressed such strong antagonism against a system that is the solution for many at-risk students. In Colorado, support for charter schools has leaned Republican (with a handful of stalwart Democratic supporters). In other states support is clearly bipartisan.
What would happen if the charter school discussion centered on what's best for students? We know that our society has become sophisticated consumers. We have a multitude of choices in breakfast cereal, vehicles and restaurants. Why does anyone believe "one size fits all" in education?