Like many of her friends in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, Anais Rodriguez, 12, had never heard of a charter school until someone told her about one nearby. A few years after enrolling, she's starting to think about going to college, which until recently was an equally mysterious educational option.
On Aug. 31, the seventh grader and a roomful of her classmates played host to a group of moderate Republican members of Congress, who came together to praise the Bronx Preparatory Charter School's focus on preparing students from disadvantaged households for college. The lawmakers are members of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group promoting moderate conservative policies.
The event's organizers had hoped to draw Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California—both featured speakers at the Republican National Convention that night. Neither made an appearance at the event, however, leaving other GOP officials to heap...
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