The Washington Post is catching on to a trend we’ve been writing about here for a while:
As a young labor organizer in Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa worked for the city’s teachers, honing his political skills in the fight for a good contract. The union loved him back, supporting the Democrat’s election to the State Assembly, City Council and, finally, the mayor’s office he occupies today.But now, Villaraigosa, a rising star in the national Democratic party, has a different view. He calls the teachers union “the one, unwavering roadblock” to improving public education in L.A.
Democrats see the entrenched problems in bloated government services as much as the next anti-statist Republican. Unlike their Republican counterparts, however, they want more government — and that means government has to become more efficient or it will sink under its own weight.In education especially, Democrats increasingly have to turn against the status quo. If unions help make schools unsustainably expensive and teacher unions stand in the way of education reform, sooner or later Democratic mayors and governors must act. This is the trend we’ve been following at Via Meadia for some time; we are glad the Post is also on the story. American education is going to change, and both parties will be pushing reform.You read it here first.