Students and parents aren’t the only ones who benefit from school choice. Teachers do, too. We routinely hit on that point, and Doug Tuthill hammered it home last night on conservative news outlet The Blaze.
Here is what Tuthill, the president of Step Up For Students (which co-hosts this blog), said when asked by host Will Cain about his past as a teacher union president:
“I’ve always been an empowerment guy. And I got into education, and I got into teacher unions, because I really wanted to empower teachers. But what happens is, teachers are really disempowered in an overly regulated system. … I wish the teacher unions in the country would embrace choice because at the end of the day, it’s good for teachers and for parents.” School choice “allows them to be innovative, entrepreneurial,” Tuthill continued. “And right now, you can’t in the current system.”
The bulk of the interview focused on something we’ve been talking a lot about over the past week – the changing definition of education accountability in an era where parental choice is becoming the norm. The Heartland Institute’s Joy Pullman weighed in on the topic this week in The Federalist, pointing specifically to recent goings-on in Florida, and Cain cited her take during the interview. By all means, click and check it out.