There are no fewer then a half dozen members of the Right Wing Axis and their surrogates bashing away at this issue, and only one who is making any reasonable attempt to focus on the kids, albeit his goal is still the same as the rest.Now, Flash, this is just plain absurd. I'm every bit as "focused on the kids" as you are - I have as many kids in the Saint Paul schools as you do, and you know it.
But Nick Coleman's article wasn't "Focused on the kids" in the first place; it was focused on trying to drum up illiterate, unfocused hysteria over school funding. It was saying "if you're critical of the way the way the school district spends money (lots of it) and teaches your children (spotty), you're a rancid bastard. Just shut up and pay what you're told to".
As Craig Westover correctly pointed out, we need to distinguish between Public Education as an ideal and as an institution. The ideal - having a population that is educated enough to sustain a democracy - is something everyone supports.
The institution? That's another thing. I've been writing about the issue for years, of course, from my own odd perspective (I'm a conservative; my father taught high school English for nearly forty years; I didnt' come to this issue as a reflexive critic, although my experience with the SPPS in the past few years has made me much more critical of way the SPPS' system works). And after all that, I really just have more questions: