The Washington Post has an interesting article up on internal divisions within the Washington, DC teacher union. The corrupt union has been in a state of turmoil since former top boss Barbara Bullock was caught embezzling millions of dollars from union funds.
From 1995 to 2002, Bullock ripped off teachers’ forced dues to go on massive shopping sprees at Saks, Nieman Marcus, and Tiffany’s. Unsurprisingly, Bullock funded her excessive spending by jacking up mandatory union dues.
However, getting rid of Bullock hasn’t solved rank-and-file teachers’ problems. Teachers, parents, and administrators are dissastified with the system, and teacher union officials are resisting any change that may result in fewer teachers in their forced dues-paying ranks.
"Reformers" are calling for more oversight and transparency, but true reform can only occur if rank-and-file teachers are given a choice to keep their hard-earned money. Only the elimination of forced dues will make it possible to hold union officials accountable.