Is Creigh Deeds against allowing a parent to choose the best education for their child, whether it is sending their child to another school, etc.? Evidently so, as Deeds’ top campaign surrogate, former State Senator Russ Potts, made clear during a rally yesterday in Winchester. Potts, as quoted in Northern Virginia Daily:
Potts also unloaded on McDonnell for his support of charter schools — public schools started and run by outside organizations.
“One candidate is for charter schools, Bob McDonnell, the other is opposed to charter schools,” Potts said.
Few charter schools have been created in the Old Dominion for a simple reason, Potts said. Communities that considered it “were very happy with the public education system in Virginia.”
Of course, Deeds is against school choice. After all, he was endorsed by the Virginia Education Association and has received cash donations from the organization to help fund his campaign for Governor. As State Senator, Deeds also voted against several bills that supported charter schools.
Since Deeds does not support school choice (whether that means homeschooling or charter schools), who might support options for improving education? Let’s see, Bob McDonnell supports charter schools, and President Obama also supports charter schools (and Obama received the endorsement of the National Education Association, as well as cash donations during the 2008 election). So, is Deeds now throwing Obama under the bus once again? It all started with the public option, now it’s charter schools, so what’s next for Deeds to criticize.