Unformatted text preview: February 22, 2006 Teacher Unions Reward Mediocrity , Fail the Students By John Stossel "The teachers united will never be defeated!" chanted thousands of public-school teachers at a union rally . They may be right -- unfortunately. Teachers unions in this country are very influential because they can assemble a crowd. Randi Weingarten, head of New York's teachers union, put out the word, and thousands of teachers filled Madison Square Garden to demand a new contract and more money. That clout brings timid politicians into line. The unions can pay for expensive rallies at "the world's most famous arena " because every teacher in a unionized district like New York must give up some of his salary to the union. Even teachers who don't like the union, teachers who believe in school choice, and teachers who could make more on the open market must fork over their money to support the unions that fight against school choice and merit pay....
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- Spring '09
- Trade union, Madison Square Garden, Randi Weingarten