Nothing shouts hypocrisy like the state teachers union’s leaders when they try to defend collective bargaining and attack public charter schools. A prime example occurred over the weekend, in a blog post from the Washington Education Association proclaiming “Parents and local educators know better than anyone what their students need, and they are the ones who should be making important decisions about their children and public schools.”
Of course, among the decisions those parents should not be allowed – according to the union bosses – is the ability to move their child from a failing public school into a public charter school that would better suit them. That’s why the union is continuing to try and destroy charter schools through the courts.
The union is left with this hypocritical argument because they are concerned that the State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision will cause the state legislature to again assert its control over the contracts that unions currently negotiate with local school boards they largely control. The last thing these labor bosses want is for contracts to be negotiated which take all the state’s budget priorities into account, instead of just their priorities of higher pay for union members (and thus more dues money for the union).