Never mind not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Teachers in the District of Columbia are punching a gift horse in the mouth. The gift horse goes by the name of Walmart, and teachers in the nation’s capital are furious that the retailer is offering to give them free school supplies.
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 care only 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.
Still, free stuff is free stuff. Just ask the looters in flood-stricken Louisiana.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com