Three years ago, the Arizona teachers union kicked special needs
kids and foster children out of the state's scholarship program.
Now that the union is trying to keep those students from getting
education savings accounts, one analyst wonders if it's
forgotten its purpose.
Jonathan Butcher of the Goldwater
Institute explains that shortly after the education savings
accounts were approved in 2011, the Arizona Education Association
filed a lawsuit to stop them. His organization is defending the
"Fortunately, students had already enrolled in the program, so
the program was allowed to continue," Butcher reports. "But
nevertheless, here we are a year and a half later still fighting a
He tells OneNewsNow there are currently a variety of educational
choices for students, which include vouchers, online learning,
charter schools, and the education savings accounts.
"So with all of these different ways for children to be
educated, I think that for unions to actively be working against
the different choices that parents have over how best to educate
their children really calls into question what their place is today
and whether they have kind of lost what their ultimate purpose was
when they first started," the education director offers.
A report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute says unions have
their place in public education, but it wonders what that place is