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January 2013 Policy Study, Number 13-1


School Choice: Not if the Unions Have Any Say


School Choice Critics in Iowa



Critics voicing objections to school choice in Iowa, and most recently to online government schools, are the usual suspects. There are three recurring sources: elected officials – more often than not Democrats funded by the ISEA and AFSCME, school district administrators protecting their turf, and finally “academics” affiliated with universities or liberal think tanks.


All three types of critics have vested financial interests in siding with the leading opponents of school-choice options: the teachers and government unions. This paper will look closely at the key opponents of school choice – elected officials funded by the teachers and unions, and appointed administrators tasked with leading our education system.


The financial stake some elected officials and school district administrators have in attacking school options is clear, based on their relationships with unions.




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