By Andrew J. Rotherham | Opinion Contributor

The defeat of the Republican plan to overhaul President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act last week offered a stark reminder about how much coalitions, persuasion and raw self-interest matter in politics. President Donald Trump failed to persuade almost anyone to join his side, there was no coalition for reform and the health care law’s benefits for millions of Americans made it in their self-interest to oppose a plan that would have reduced access to health care.

I’m glad that bill failed, but it’s hard to miss how education reformers are making the same strategic mistakes in their approach to politics.