Monday, December 17, 2007

Public School Teachers' Unions Don't Want Competition

More evidence that public school teachers' unions simply don't want competition: they recently filed a friend of the court brief arguing that states should have the power to discriminate against parents and students who choose religious schooling.

The state of Colorado provides higher ed tuition assistance to eligible students. There's a catch, though: if a student and his or parents choose a college that the state has deemed "too religious," then the assistance is revoked. Represented by the CLS Center, Colorado Christian University challenged this discriminatory system in court.

In an amicus brief filed earlier this month, the public school establishment (the National Education Association, the Colorado Education Association, the National School Boards Association, and the National Parent Teacher Association) once again demonstrated its opposition to educational choice and genuine religious freedom.

Why are they opposed to choice in education? According to their own "statement of interest" in the brief, they believe that giving parents and students choice might threaten public (i.e., government-run) schools -- meaning the interests of the public school teachers' unions and their members.