James E. Ryan has written in the New York Times about Mitt Romney's recent education reform proposal:

"Last week's speech by Mitt Romney, in which he presented his education reform plan to a group of Latino leaders in Washington, drew attention mainly because he criticized teachers' unions and endorsed private school vouchers. But those points were perfectly predictable for a Republican candidate and not especially newsworthy.

"But another part of his plan that potentially veers far from the usual conservative talking points received almost no attention: Mr. Romney would give poor students and those with disabilities the right to attend any public or charter school in their state.

"This could be an empty promise. But in proposing that, in effect, city kids have a right to enroll in suburban schools, Mr. Romney is bucking a powerful, 50-year trend that has enjoyed the support of Republicans and Democrats alike."