Recent reports have unearthed how broadly America's teachers' unions spend their considerable monetary resources. The NEA and AFT don't just care about education issues affecting their members but have a much broader agenda--including abortion, gun control, gay marriage, and so on. In return for giving money to their allies--such as the NAACP, ACLU, and People for the American Way--they expect these groups to come to their aid when the chips are down. Hence, many of these groups can be counted upon to provide at least rhetorical opposition to school vouchers and charter schools--things that the teachers unions view as threats to their survival. Remember, teachers unions are in the business of protecting and advancing the interests of teachers, and almost anything else, even in politics, is pretty marginal.
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