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Reason: Why should teachers embrace school choice?
Romero: Teachers themselves have the power to enact choice. The parent trigger law also allows teachers to force conversion. Teachers have this right. They have this power already. Ultimately, already, they have to think about the quality education system they want. Who is the system designed for? Why should teachers embrace choice? I think it produces a stronger, robust education system. We shouldn’t be afraid of choice. You have to be afraid of the other person in order to block choice. If we’re afraid, it’s because we’re worried about what they might do to our own little special interest.
Reason: Why should administrators embrace school choice?
Romero: When I look at it, the biggest obstacles to school choice are in administration. I used to be just appalled at what was occurring in Sacramento with the administration lobby. This is probably the epitome of a special interest group. They’re looking out for their own market share. They’re looking out for their own narrow interest. It is wide and it is expansive. We talk about teacher unions, but we need to look at administration. [School reform] is a right that administrators had but they wouldn’t use it. They were quite content to just sit there and look at lists of failing schools year after year and never do anything about it. This is where the ossification of the education process has taken place. It’s important to take a look at it; they’re very well paid compared to teachers. This is where the education shake-up needs to take place. We need leaders changed at the very top, and then we see changes in the system. The administrative the branch is the one where we need to have greater focus.