Mitt Romney says he is "disappointed" by the Chicago teachers' strike, calling it a clear example of how teachers unions' "interests conflict with those of our children."
That stance puts Romney in a rare position: He agrees with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called the strike "unnecessary ... avoidable and ... wrong.” But Romney, unlike Emanuel, is likely hoping to draw more attention to a situation that could prove a serious problem for President Obama.
Romney's full statement is after the jump.
“I am disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands of children relying on the city’s public schools to provide them a safe place to receive a strong education. Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet. President Obama has chosen his side in this fight, sending his Vice President last year to assure the nation’s largest teachers union that ‘you should have no doubt about my affection for you and the President’s commitment to you.’ I choose to side with the parents and students depending on public schools to give them the skills to succeed, and my plan for education reform will do exactly that.”