School-Board Candidate with a National Platform Is Urging Fellow Reformers to Keep It Local

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Ilya Shapiro at the 2016 CPAC conference. (Gage Skidmore)

One of the ironies of the burgeoning education-reform movement sweeping across the nation is that it is its opponents, not its foot soldiers, who are most keen on nationalizing individual races.

Take Ilya Shapiro’s run for school board in Falls Church, Va. By virtue of his position as a vice president of the prominent libertarian think tank the Cato Institute who announced his candidacy in the Wall Street Journal, Shapiro can likely call himself the most famous candidate for a municipal board of education in the country. But while his campaign may be known to the nation, it’s local issues that …

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