But these problems are hardly unique to New York City or other big northeastern metros. As Texas land commissioner and charter-school advocate George P. Bush recently told a National Review Institute audience, it can be difficult to get even relatively conservative local leaders to support charter schools simply because public-school districts are massive employers, often the largest employer in any given city. Another way of thinking about that — and Mr. Bush did not put it this way — is that poor black neighborhoods have terrible schools for the same reason they often have bad police forces. The unionized government workers have a lot of clout, and the poor people with the terrible public schools don’t.
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