Wall Street Journal op-ed: Scott Walker’s education victory

Overhauling a state government, facing down a union machine, beating back a recall—Scott Walker hasn't exactly been a slacker. Yet hidden among the Wisconsin governor's reforms has been another significant success: He's helped change the education paradigm.

Conservatives have pushed education reform for decades, with notable successes. But the debate had also become predictable. Republicans argued for systemic change; Democrats argued for more money. The fight was largely confined to the education sphere, with conservatives arguing education reform for education's sake.

The Walker breakthrough was to integrate education into the broader fiscal and structural dispute. His argument: Wisconsin is broke. We can continue to pour money into the public-union monopoly, forcing us to cut further from priorities (namely, education). Or we can enact broad structural changes, the savings from which we can use to better our state (notably, schools).

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