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Education supplanting Development as key Republican issue?


Betsy Butler with ArcLight amigos

What are the dominant political paradigms that are emerging in Los Angeles County's assertively Democratic political climate? In the wake of their devastating statewide defeat on November 2, some local Republican opportunists hope that education will become the issue-du-jour around which Los Angeles's conservative communities might most effectively mobilize.

Rightwing charter school lobbyists at Parent Revolution staged a micro-media coup a few weeks ago when Davis Guggenheim secured a community-based screening of Waiting for Superman at ArcLight tonight. (They also secured a screening for the film at ArcLight Manhattan Beach last week, and Betsy Butler fell for it.) Their hope is to supplant anti-development momentum in the County with momentum for charter schools.

By vilifying schools--including their teachers--in general, rather than school administration in particular, Republicans hope to break the kinds of unions of ordinary workers--teachers, nurses, firemen--that have kept the State from acceding to the kind of Republican representation the rest of the country voted for in the recent election.