How terrified are teachers' unions of charter schools?
Hell hath no fury like the teachers unions scorned.
The labor groups - still steaming over the Senate's surprise vote last month to boost the cap on charter schools - are promising candidates as much as $200,000 in campaign cash to take on leading charter proponent Sen. Craig Johnson (D-LI), The Post has learned.
The unions' anti-charter "bounty" - as Johnson dubbed it - came to light in a bumbling recruitment call to an Elmont attorney who labor leaders hoped would challenge the two-term senator in a primary.
The attorney, Carrié Solages, received the unsolicited phone call Monday morning from Jeffrey Rozran - a New York State United Teachers board member and president of the Syosset Teachers Association - offering him financial support and backing from the left-wing Working Families Party.
The teachers' unions know that if charter schools are approved across the country, it will be the end of their control of local school boards. No doubt many of their more incompetent members will be out of a job, and the schools where they have failed so miserably will either be closed or forced to compete.
We shouldn't be surprised that they would go to such lengths to defeat their enemies. The stakes are very high and we should expect further efforts to attack reformers in the future.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky