Union bosses thrwart children's education
"When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that's when I'll start
representing the interests of schoolchildren."
That's a statement
long-attributed to the late American Federation of Teachers union boss Al
Shanker, first quoted in a Mississippi newspaper in 1985.
The reality of
where teacher union-boss interests lie is as true today as it was then, according to a column in the Washington
is that teachers union officials, armed with monopoly-bargaining privileges,
often fail to represent the interests of many talented and hardworking teachers
as well as the interests of schoolchildren.
in recent weeks.
New York teacher union bosses have teamed up with
union-label Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep parents and students in the dark and
prevent teacher evaluations from
seeing the light of day.
Meanwhile, the South Dakota Education
Association union hierarchy is scheming to repeal the state's
new merit pay law.
Clearly, teacher union bosses continue to put their
own power ahead of the interests of children and parents.
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