Political operatives have opened a new front in the war on public education.

Dubbed the "65-percent solution," the well-financed campaign to overhaul school funding is part of a partisan national strategy designed to split teachers and administrators in a fight for scarce education dollars. Simply put, it calls for legislation requiring 65 percent of school district budgets to be spent directly in the classroom.

The real election-year targets are pro-education suburban moms who want public schools "fixed, not replaced," thus effectively blocking the crusade for vouchers, charter schools, and


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