Walmart is giving out free school supplies to teachers, and the Washington Teachers’ Union is furious about it.
Because logic, or something.
Walmart is asking customers to nominate their favorite teachers to win school supplies and a $490 gift card (approximately how much the average public school teacher spends out of pocket on classroom supplies). For whatever reason, the promotion to give free supplies and money to teachers has the Washington Teachers’ Union up in arms.
The Washington Post reports that Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis called the promotion a “cynical coverup.” Other union members called it “deceitful” and “bogus.”
Their criticism focuses on the Walton Family Foundation’s support for public charter schools. A union press release says the foundation is “one of the country’s biggest funders of school privatization efforts, or charter schools.” The foundation has given more than $2.3 million to the D.C. Public Charter School board.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, because teachers unions don’t really care about teachers (or students for that matter). Unions only care about power and control.
Supporting school choice gives the Washington Teachers’ Union less of a stranglehold over the education system, so they will protest it at every possible opportunity. It’s up to parents to take a stand and protect the best interests of their children by demanding an alternative to the public school system.