Just go here and read, and remember this story the next time one of the state teachers unions tells you "it's all about the children."
Update, 4/4/05 6:51 pm: This story just gets worse. I just got the NEA's monthly rag, and in it they commit a lie of omission about this issue. On page 19 of the April 2005 issue, NEA mentions the WEA's program of reimbursing teachers when they buy items like coats or school supplies for students. Then they give the "bad news"--"Many of the receipts members submit to the fund for reimbursement are from--sigh--Wal-Mart."
They mention that Wal-Mart has "exploitative labor practices" but do not mention that the WEA will no longer reimburse teachers who submit Wal-Mart receipts. Isn't that a major part of this story?
Now I'm compelled to ask, which is worse? The fact that the WEA extorts money from teachers and then uses it to buy coats and school supplies for students, or the fact that fewer students will be served by this extortion because teachers will no longer be reimbursed for inexpensive items from Wal-Mart?