The Roanoke Times calls out the Virginia Republican Party for (guess what?) hypocrisy, this time on schools. A snippet:
It (the amendment–ed.) would give the state Board of Education the power to authorize charter schools — charter schools being public schools that can operate independently of the rest of the local school system.
Or put another way, it would allow Richmond to tell local governments how to run their school systems.
That runs contrary to how conservatives such as Obenshain generally think schools should be operated. Ordinarily, they believe schools should be run locally, with few mandates from Richmond and even fewer, if any, from Washington.
So why the philosophical about-face here? Because it appears to be the only way to accomplish another conservative goal: The creation of more charter schools.
In Republican land, putting public money in private hands outweighs using it for the public good six days a week and twice on Sundays.