A couple of days ago, the New York Times printed an excellent editorial on the extremist tactics employed by unions in opposing choice in education. The lead example was from Newark, New Jersey—a city that spends twice the national average on education but has only a 39% high school graduation rate. When newly elected Newark mayor Cory Booker, a school choice supporter, seemed intent on trying new solutions, the so-called “Newark Education Association” launched a billboard campaign blaming him for not stopping murders since he had assumed his office. Their eagerness to divert focus to non-education topics probably says something about the union’s devotion to achieving school reform.
Anyway, all that and more is in the editorial so it’s worth it to read the whole thing. If the New York Times link above does not work, try this one.