This march was as much about protecting schools that provide low-income children a chance they wouldn't otherwise have, as it is about protecting a new way of supporting teachers to make them masters at their craft.
Increasingly privatized education -- with charters, consultants and competition -- offers more opportunities for investment and profit-making. Its proponents have a special and vested interest in the policies they promote.
Just when it seemed impossible that our opinion of NY's legislature could get worse, it does. Now, it turns out these people can't even pick up free money in the form of $700 million in federal education funds.