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Charter schools have historically garnered support from across the political spectrum, but President Trump and Secretary of Education DeVos—by their very support—may be narrowing that broad base. Last year’s Education Next poll found a steep drop in charter support among Democrats. And the recent defeat of former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in California’s gubernatorial primary—despite massive campaign help from charter supporters—portends a rough road for reform-minded Democrats in this year’s election cycle.

As Democrats have soured on charters, Republicans have been noticeably silent. Only twenty of this year’s seventy-five GOP candidates for governor even mention charter schools on their websites, according to a recent analysis.

As the 2018 cycle heats up, what role will charter policy and prospects play? Will the issue unite Democrats against candidates who favor school choice? Will Republicans continue to neglect education or will they embrace the Trump K–12 agenda? Join us on July 26th, when we flog a panel of experts to examine what America’s rising polarization and populism mean for charter schools.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with @educationgadfly and #CharterPolitics.

Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Nina Rees, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Charles Barone, Democrats for Education Reform
Carlos Marquez, California Charter Schools Association

This event will be webcast. Please visit the Thomas B. Fordham's event page, at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 26th, to watch the proceedings live.

  • When: Thu Jul. 26
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Address: 1601 K Street NW
    Washington DC,US 20006

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