Oops! Teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten unintentionally endorses school choice

Randi Weingarten, the infamous head of a national teachers’ union, has accidentally endorsed school choice.

“Chase Moore, fellow panelist and special assistant to @whitehouse said that zip…

Randi Weingarten, the infamous head of a national teachers’ union, has accidentally endorsed school choice.

“Chase Moore, fellow panelist and special assistant to @whitehouse said that zip code should not determine the education that one receives. And I agree,” Weingarten wrote on social media. “Families need #realsolutions. They need mental health care, access to food, and wrap around services.”  

School choice advocate Corey DeAngelis was quick to point out the irony in the union boss’s remarks.  

“BREAKING: Randi Weingarten accidentally endorses school choice!” he commented.  

After all, it’s the education establishment – propped up by agenda-driven teachers’ unions – that preserves the status quo of public schools, archaic zip code assignments and all.  

And it is school choice, the alleged harbinger of public education’s destruction, which empowers students to find the education that’s right for them, regardless of zip code or income status.  

Weingarten’s comment came as part of her participation in a panel to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  

Brown v. Board was meant to end the racial segregation of public schools, but the unfortunate reality is that segregation persists even to this day.  

One of its most widespread forms is address-based school assignments – which some education reformers have coined “geographic discrimination” – since schools can legally turn students away from living in “wrong” zip code.  

Public schools also discriminate against special needs students in a variety of ways.  

In contrast, school choice programs have proven to better fulfill the vision of Brown v. Board.. Most prioritize either low-income families or special needs students, and serve a multitude of students. 

And education freedom isn’t solely about privatizing education, as Weingarten and her pals often claim.  

Education reformers are trying to increase choice and create opportunities within the public education system too, so that every kid can have the educational experience that best serves them. 

Or we can just keep forcing students to go to whatever brick-and-mortar they happen to live closest to, which is the case for most American students.