Op-ed: What WV Can Learn from Puerto Rico
Cardinal’s executive director, Garrett Ballengee, recently wrote that West Virginia has a lot to learn from Puerto Rico. How so? Puerto Rico recently enacted substantive education reforms, including school choice and a significant reduction in the education bureaucracy. See his latest in the Daily Mail Opinion page of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. A sample below:
Sometimes howls come from the winds of a hurricane, and sometimes howls come from powerful special interest groups determined to exert influence on behalf of its members to the detriment of the greater good or a child’s education.
In either case, there are two possible responses — bend and break in the face of the onslaught or stand strong and be willing the pick up the pieces to build a brighter future.
Puerto Rico chose one path and West Virginia the other. Now, the question remains: what will West Virginia do when — not if — the next storm hits?