After the midterm elections “ ushered in a slate of Republican governors and legislators they had spent heavily to defeat,” education unions are licking their wounds and regrouping. The Wall Street Journal,
“My heart is heavy today,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.
Wisconsin, Florida and Illinois were among the states where residents voted in governors that unions opposed.
The American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation’s two largest teachers unions, spent about $20 million this year, the most devoted to an election in the union’s nearly century-old history. The National Education Association, meanwhile, spent about $40 million this year, which is typical for a non-presidential election, according to an official with the union…
“Unions really need to rethink their strategy as far as state-level reform,” said Frederick Hess, the director of education policy studies at American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. “If they had been able to beat opponents in Wisconsin or Rhode Island, then there would be more of a conversation to have.”