School choice is not an educational aberration; it’s now the norm.

Last month Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd traveled to San Diego for a conference sponsored by ExcelinEd, an education organization founded by Jeb Bush, Florida’s former governor.

Byrd’s sin, in the eyes of her critics, including some of her bosses on the School Board, was daring to attend a forum hosted by the man most hated by public school teachers throughout Florida and their union leaders. After all Bush’s group, besides advocating the standardized-testing accountability regimen used by the state, believes that “no single policy solution” will turn around America’s schools, and thus unabashedly promotes alternatives to traditional public schools – such as charter schools, choice among public schools and initiatives for

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