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Uprooting the Teachers Unions

Originally published at The American Mind

Across the country, teacher union leaders and leftist pundits frequently malign educational choice expansion as an insidious plot to “dismantle public education” or “destroy traditional public schools.” They also claim any criticism of teacher union politics is “anti-educator.”

Unfortunately, some right-leaning education reformers have bought into these strawman arguments. Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has written that school choice activists erred in “making enemies of public school teachers” and, in a longer piece, argues conservatives should not “abandon” public schools.

While calls to engage with public schools are on point, these characterizations misstate the intent of reformers and fail to identify the obstacles and solutions for improving education for all students.

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