The movie, along with the recent Chicago strikes, opens the door for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney to challenge President Obama’s opposition to school choice, according to Norquist.
“This movie gives [Romney] a second chance to address the education issue,” said Norquist.
In the film, a union-backed school board eventually approves a proposal for a new school submitted by Gyllenhaal’s character. Norquist said that this part of the movie was “fantasy,” because in real life, union-backed public officials—including Obama—do not vote in favor of school choice.
“We know what happened in real life,” he said. “The seven people the school board had up there were sitting in place of Obama who, when the same question was offered to him when he came to D.C. as president, voted no to school choice for 1,600 kids in DC. Obama voted no.”
Obama attempted to eliminate a DC school voucher program shortly after taking office, and does not plan to fund it beyond 2013.
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