Public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs gave a disparaging account of teachers’ unions during her speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 24.
“Our voices have been silenced for decades by unions who claim to represent us. They do not,” she said.
During her 28-year career in California, Friedrichs said she was forced to pay dues to the California Teachers’ Association and the National Education Association, despite opposing their agendas.
She accuses unions of using dues “from unsuspecting teachers” to push a radical agenda in classrooms, and actively working to defeat charter schools and school choice.
“The only way to keep a free republic is with a well-educated, moral citizenry that can self-govern. Unions are subverting our republic, so they undermine educational excellence, morality, law and order,” Friedrichs said.