Obama, Charters, Bipartisanship?
I'm still not finding much to support the notion that Obama was in any way a leader in the 2003 effort to bring more charter schools to Chicago, much less a clear instance of bipartisanship as was claimed by the camapign (see post from yesterday. The deal to give Chicago 15 more charter slots was negotiated between the Board and the union and then put into an omnibus bill. Fourteen of 59 state senators cosponsored the legislation, which passed unanimously in both houses. Charter supporters should note that the legislation wasn't a big win for charter advocates, limiting as it did the terms under which charters could expand in Chicago, one of the more restrictive setups in the nation. Here are some helpful links provided by a friend: the legislation, the roll call vote, the bill summary.