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"Kids Should Come First"
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has hundreds of millions of dollars to dispense in Race to the Top grants. This money is meant to encourage education innovation. For states to participate, there can be no cap on the number of charter schools. But here we go again with adults first and kids last. Kids should come first! There's a movement to force charter schools to unionize, to accept so many Special Ed., so many English as a Second Language -- anything to starve charter schools of flexibility and fresh thinking; the very reason they exist in the first place. No sooner does something good happen in education than it gets shot down. Charters are more effective. Long waiting lists exist. Parents and taxpayers want them.

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