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Wealthy teachers union boss bashes charter ‘profit scheme’

Free preschool-to-college education is a right and charter schools are "a profit scheme," according to the head of America's second-largest teachers union. 

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, who was paid $557,875 during the union's 2014 fiscal year, routinely suggests education reformers are motivated only by money. 

Weingarten bemoaned the influence of pro-charter donors to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Twitter update Wednesday. AFT is fighting the Democratic governor's attempt to expand charter schools, which have far lower unionization rates than traditional public schools. 

Weingarten opposes school choice but supports the hard-left U.S. Student Association's call for "free" college education. Weingarten favors President Obama's proposal for taxpayer-funded universal preschool. 

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