This is fraying longstanding political alliances.
"For decades, polls have consistently shown that black parents favor vouchers, charter schools and other options that allow their children to escape a system that consigns poor students to violent, dysfunctional learning environments, even while black lawmakers and civil rights organizations typically have sided with teachers unions that oppose such measures," Jason L. Riley of the Wall Street Journal reported recently.
Clearly, many parents are not satisfied with the status quo.
In November, Georgia voters amended the state constitution. It creates a commission that would approve new schools that had been rejected by local school boards.
Voters in Washington State approved an initiative that sets up the Washington Charter School Commission. It will authorize and supervise as many as 40 charter schools over five years.
An indefensible status quo in public education is meeting increasing resistance. Washington became the 42nd state to authorize charter schools.
West Virginia is not one of them.