During the NBC Education Nation summit's question and answer session, today, a New York City parent and school board member cited a poll which he claimed showed that the teachers union in New York City enjoyed support from parents "three to one" (video below), reports Mediaite.com.
However, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney completely disagreed: “I don’t believe it for a second. I know something about polls and I know you can ask questions to get any answer you want.”
“Having looked at schools, I know that the teachers union has a responsibility to look out for the interests of the teachers. The head of the national teachers union said at one point, ‘Ee don’t care about kids, we care about teachers.’”
“Jeb Bush stood up to the teachers unions in Florida, and that made a difference. I also believe that Arne Duncan, by standing up for the kids, has made a difference. We simply can’t have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians, and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table supposedly to represent the interests of the kids. I think it’s a mistake.”
(The story's clip begins at 2:30 in the video below).