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By Robin Abcarian | Originally Posted on LA Times

Gloria Romero, lifelong Democrat, really doesn’t care who she ticks off.

In a state where the Democratic Party is deeply entwined with teachers unions, the former California state senator has been a relentless advocate for school choice.

She believes the California Teachers Assn. and United Teachers Los Angeles are great for teachers and terrible for students, most of whom are Black and Latino.

It is no coincidence, she says, that more than 70% of California prison inmates, most of whom are also Black and Latino, lack high school diplomas.

“My mantra is, ‘If we don’t educate, we will incarcerate,’” she told me Monday when we met to talk about the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

During her career in Sacramento, she championed public school reform, writing a statewide “parent trigger law” that allowed parents of children in low-performing schools to demand changes in school administration and another law that allowed students from the state’s lowest-performing schools to apply to better ones regardless of boundary lines.

“This law I wrote in 2010, basically said we can identify the 1,000 lowest-performing schools in California and say ya basta, we’re out of here.”

For the record, I applaud and respect her devotion to improving public education; I disagree with her take on unions and her proposed solutions.

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