South Carolina Paper Praises Duncan For Bucking Unions On Teacher Protections


An editorial in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier (7/18) praises Education Secretary Arne Duncan for “daring to take on” teachers unions, which are seen as traditionally being powerful supporters of the Democratic party. The piece notes that the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have recently directed “bitter criticism” at Duncan over his “efforts to advance meaningful changes in America’s public school system.” The piece notes that both unions have criticized Duncan over his support for the Vergara ruling stripping California teachers of job protections, but argues that Duncan is correct in hailing the ruling “as an overdue step toward holding teachers responsible for the quality of their work.”