As the NYC mayoral race heats up, candidates seem more focused on impressing the United Federation of Teachers than supporting meaningful education reform to help New York students.
An editorial in the New York Observer argues the candidates should not be seeking the support of the union, which has fought to maintain a broken system that serves its own interests:
From charter schools to teacher evaluations, the UFT has fought every attempt to fix what is so obviously broken. It claims to act on behalf of children, but seriously—does anybody really believe that? This is a union that has protected incompetence for decades. Whose interests have been served by unacceptably high dropout rates and archaic work rules? Whose interests have been served by the UFT’s costly refusal to implement a new evaluation system?