Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - School Choice Oral Arguments II
School Choice Oral Arguements II
We've been debating school choice for six years now. The
NEA, the AFT, and the ACLU are big-time players with huge dollars backing their lawyers.
Six times now we have faced-off with their high power and high paid army of lawyers, all
of who spit out the word voucher as if it were a deadly disease. So when their two legal
generals rose that day and came to meet before the US Supreme Court we expected a very
rough go of it.
The Ohio School Choice plan was defended by Attorney
General Betty Montgomery and her ace solicitor, Judith French. The full team included
Ohioan David Young, and President Bush's chief counsel, Solicitor General Ted Olson. The
behind the scenes quarterback was former Federal Judge Ken Starr. Their arguments
and answers were outstanding, some might even say near flawless.
The ACLU, AFT, NEA group was legendary as was their
surprising disintegration before the nine most important judges in the land. They brought
forward tired arguments from prior cases that seemed to tire and even annoy the Court.
They were loud, interrupting several Justices including the Chief Justice and at times
evasive. At one point Justice Kennedy chastised them for failing to answer Justice
O'Connor's repeated questions.
In short, from my viewpoint in the front row the
anti-school choice team fell apart on the biggest day of this six year struggle. They
simply imploded. And the shock and surprise around the packed courtroom was obvious to
all. Learn more about
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