Radical liberals controlling the state’s “teacher” unions and their allies boldly stepped forward to slam the door shut on kids who are so failed by public education that the kid (predominantly poor and minority) drops out. Rather than giving other types of schools the opportunity to provide a second chance to kids who drop out, teacher unions are trying to drive the kids deeper into the gutter. They’d rather a kid be uneducated, than succeed in a private school.

At a meeting this week of the High School Completion and Success Initiative Council, liberals like Kathy Miller of the misnamed “Texas Freedom Network” (misnamed because Kathy and her ilk always seem to oppose freedom) were there trying to restrict the options available to poor children. She was joined in her hatred for educating kids by the Texas State Teachers Association.

This council is trying to find ways to get back into the classroom kids who have dropped out of school. These are kids who are on a straight-line path to chronic unemployment, crime, and worse. One idea floating before this creation of the Texas Legislature is the idea of providing more charter schools and even vouchers for private education.

Anything to try to reclaim a kid from the streets, essentially.

Liberals, of course, will have none of that.

“I want to make sure the door remains closed” on school choice, said Madam Anti-Freedom.

Nice sentiments, Kathy. She’ll probably offer to provide them cake, though. If you’ll pay for it.

Which is actually the truth. The Anti-Freedom Network and other liberals not only want to keep poor, minority kids from getting an education, they also seek every opportunity to enslave them to government programs. The more uneducated a kid is, the more likely they will end up an adult ward of the state.

The ultimate failure of the one-size-fits-all approach to public education is the drop-out rate plaguing Texas’ schools – particularly those schools serving low-income, minority students. Why the adults who cannot get it right to begin with are allowed to slam shut the door on other opportunities for these kids is…

Well, it’s sickening.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."