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United Against Teachers' Unions?

It's tough out there for representatives of teachers unions. In the race to reform the U.S. public school system, the unions are being...

It's tough out there for representatives of teachers unions. In the race to reform the U.S. public school system, the unions are being pilloried as protecting unfit teachers and standing in the way of our children getting the education they deserve.The firing line includes representatives from not only the right, but those on the left, as well. Early reviews of Davis Guggenheim's much-ballyhooed, Sundance hit documentary Waiting for Superman mention that shots are fired across the bows of the union ship. In addition, Joe Klein (at least the most liberal of Time magazine's columnists) recently piled on, starting a column titled "Why We're Failing Our Schools" with the lines:

A remarkable thing happened in New York recently: the state legislature, in effect, turned down the chance to win $700 million in federal money. No one does that, except extremely conservative Southern governors (who inevitably relent and take the money) - oh, and occasionally teachers' unions.

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