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Will Teachers Unions’ Political Contributions Prevent School Choice in Pennsylvania?

Originally published at The Daily Signal

A well-funded network of government unions stands in opposition to parents, students, and lawmakers eyeballing education reform in Pennsylvania. 

Until recently, they have cowed and cajoled elected officials into stalling some of the more audacious legislative initiatives. But in the aftermath of the COVID-19 shutdowns and a critical court ruling, the atmosphere may be ripe to advance school choice initiatives that enjoy broad public support. This may be why union operatives have seized on opaque techniques to avoid scrutiny of their political spending.

As a candidate, Gov. Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who took office in January, expressed some support for school choice. But government unions that donated to Shapiro and other elected officials remain steadfastly opposed. So, what calculus will he make now that he’s in office?

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