(OpEdNews.com) — Conservatives love to hate public schools and public school teachers.

Every chance they get, conservatives (more properly called “regressives”) blame public schools for the inadequate educational outcomes of students in poor neighborhoods. They also point to the supposed low performance of American students compared to students of other countries.

Conservatives are promoting charter schools, despite the lack of evidence that charter schools are any better than public schools (and despite questions about whether they’re even constitutional here in Washington State; also, conservative lawmakers in Washington State haven’t granted cost of living adjustments to public teachers’ salaries for several years now).

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