By critics, by media, and even by many supporters, it’s taken as fact: School choice is politically conservative.
It’s Milton Friedman and free markets, Republicans and privatization. Right wing historically. Right wing philosophically.
Critics repeat it relentlessly. Conservatives repeat it proudly. Reporters repeat it without question.
It has been repeated so long it threatens to replace the truth.
The roots of school choice in America run all along the political spectrum. And to borrow a term progressives might appreciate, the inconvenient truth is school choice has deep roots on the left. Throughout the African-American experience and the epic struggles for educational opportunity. In...