Is the Expansion of Charter Schools a “Wedge Issue?”

In Hutchinson News article about the state board of education race, current SBOE member Sue Gamble comments in an attempt to confuse the question of charter school expansion with the controversies in curricula.

Sue Gamble, a moderate school board member from Shawnee who sits in the minority and also attended Tuesday’s event, charged that the majority gets “distracted by ideological wedge issues.” Such issues include the possible creation of charter schools and whether sex education in schools should require parental “opt-in” permission, along with the evolution question.

Not quite the same, Ms. Gamble. Sex education and the evolution questions are about school content. The question of how hard or easy it should be to open a charter school is one of school governance.

Apples.

Oranges.

Don’t confuse the two.

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