Wayne Washington has an article in this morning’s Atlanta paper about some of the money flowing into the campaign coffers of Alisha Morgan, a Democratic state Representative running for State School Superintendent. Morgan has long been an advocate for school choice which, as the article points out, has put her at odds with the leadership of her Party. She is receiving a decent amount of money from school choice advocates from around the country. Morgan’s major competition for the Democratic nomination comes from a former school board member who opposes charter schools and any other form of school choice. Thus school choice will be a major issue among Democrats. Many Republicans, it seems to me, are exclusively concerned with where their candidate stands on Common Core. I hope I’m wrong about that.
I’m concerned that if the GOP nominates a candidate who is lukewarm on school choice issues, or is like our current Superintendent who makes promises on school choice he has no intention of keeping, and the Democrats nominate Morgan our candidate could be in trouble. A coalition of school choice Democrats and Republicans could carry her to victory. I consider Alisha Morgan a friend. We don’t agree on many issues but we do on school choice so if she becomes our Superintendent I’ll gladly work with her to improve our state’s schools. But, no offense meant to Alisha, I’d rather work with a reform minded Republican.
Let’s do a quick, unscientific poll. How important are things like charter schools, student scholarship organizations, and opportunity scholarships to you? Will it impact your vote in either the GOP or Dem. primary? Vote in the poll and discuss all this in the comment section below.