NYC Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson received the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). The endorsement of the UFT is big for Thompson as the union brings a powerful organization operation and advertising budget to his mayoral campaign. What is good for Thompson’s election campaign however is not necessarily good for NYC students and threatens to turn back the clock on education reform.
As reported by the New York Post:
That’s because the teachers union is a union of public employees whose salaries and benefits are paid for by the taxpayer. In theory, when a mayor bargains with this union, he represents the interests of the taxpayers. But when a public-sector union can use its resources to put its choice for mayor into office, it effectively means it is choosing its own boss.