What total horse manure. To even pretend like Yolie's Orwellian-named "Public School Choice" effort was the product of some lone range reformer that had an idea, and not actually the major and most significant battle of a long war waged by Riordan-Broad and Co. to take these major public assets for their the corporate charter industry is blatant journalistic Crap.
You quote Ben Austin and don't even attempt to disclose the amount of money he makes leading one of the chief corporate charters in the Southland, and the fact that he worked for Villaraigosa, the most prominent lackey in the Riordan-Broad & Co. crowd. Mendell offers not a mention of Austin's role in the "Public School Choice" effort.
Mandell spent 3 pages and couldn't bother to mention the guys behind the curtains pulling the charter movement strings, yet he was all too happy presenting a picture of union leaders playing politics.
This is raw politics. And while I recognize that unions and teachers deserve to be as critically assessed as the other elements of our current failing school district, pretending like there's nothing but good intentions among the leaders of the current and most recent reform effort is Crap, with a capital "C."