Education: The civil rights issue of our day (Redux)

Connecticut residents have heard it before: Education reform is the civil rights issue facing this country.

Earlier this year, this was the message Gov. Dannel P. Malloy routinely told audiences as he pushed major education reforms through the state’s General Assembly.

On Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, shared the same message with a national audience at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“This is the civil rights struggle of our day,” she said of minority and poor students trapped in failing schools.

So what exactly is the Republican platform on education? The Huffington Post has a lengthy article on what exactly the party envisions for a national education policy — it includes a drastic expansion of school choice, English as the national language and abstinence-only sex education.