A new statement appears on the Education Department website on Sunday.
Let's look at the bad news teachers unions have been getting recently.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, blaming the teachers union for stalled talks on a new teacher evaluation system, expressed his anger on his radio show by comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has asked him to publicly apologize.
Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, decided to write a post about the role of unions in public education when he read in the Economist a piece that included "among the most utterly stupid statements I think I've ever read in my life."
Here's a video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten talking -- along with actor Bradley Cooper of all people -- on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe" about the new teachers contract they negotiated in Newark.