In July of this year, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, a full year before the nominating convention. Three months later, the National Education Association announced its support for the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. There was no controversy at all attending either announcement as both faded from the news cycle very quickly. But there should have been have been rioting in the streets.
Because teachers unions hate school choice and would prefer that kids stuck in failing schools remain stuck. Or, if you think that characterization is a bit too harsh, teachers hate competition, even though competition tends to make everybody who competes better. But why compete if you have the money to ensure your near-monopoly power stays intact right? That's the implicit question asked and answered jointly by the NEA and AFT. Combined, the two organizations were ranked a strong third in organizational political contributions in the 2014 election cycle. Separately they were in a more distant third and seventh place. See the top 10 chart below courtesy of opensecrets.org
Now ,with that in mind, take a look at this brief article about the latest shenanigans in Washington regarding school choice:
Somebody ought to tell the protesters all around the country that Freddie Gray (may he rest in peace) is dead and all the picketing in the world won't bring him back. But there's a whole generation that's as good as dead, whether or not they ever have a police encounter, if we don't intervene - and soon. They should march on local board of education offices, with the same vigor and vitriol that is on display at every rally against the police and "the man", and demand school choice.
Black lives matter indeed.