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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Teachers Union Boycotts Wal-Mart (Commentary)

On August 10th the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union, participated in a nationwide back-to-school boycott of Wal-Mart. The ''Send Wal-Mart Back to School" campaign urges parents and teachers to pledge not to shop for school supplies at the bargain retailer.
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The teachers union aggressively opposes measures and policies that give parents more choices in the education marketplace, such as school vouchers, tuition tax credits, charter schools, and home education. The ultimate irony of the NEA's boycott against Wal-Mart is that the union is asking parents to exercise a choice in their back-to-school shopping.
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The NEA even criticizes the Walton family, the founders of Wal-Mart, for contributing to ''anti-public education efforts like private school voucher initiatives and anti-public educations PACs."
In 2004, the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation matched $61 million in grants for organizations in 3,500 communities, helping to support organizations large and small, from local schools, YMCA and other youth programs, fire departments, libraries and more. The Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation’s matching grant program is only one arm of the dollars given year round to local community services.
In 2004, 3,500 teachers and schools were honored through the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Program – recognized as the largest teacher recognition program in the U.S. In excess of $4 million was given to schools in Wal-Mart communities through local, state and national teacher of the year awards. In addition to assisting teachers last year, Wal-Mart provided through its Sam Walton Community Scholarship program $6 million in scholarships to 6,000 high school seniors who began college in 2004.
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While teachers dig into their own pockets to buy school supplies one must wonder what purpose a boycott of Wal-Mart serves. The teachers should start holding their union accountable for misappropriating its funds which could, in fact, purchase school supplies at a discount from Wal-Mart.

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