The Washington D.C.-based Center for Union Facts sent out a news release today saying it "applauded the Ogden School District for pushing for the gradual introduction of merit pay in the school district, and questioned why the state's teachers unions were so scared by the idea of paying their members according to the quality of their work."
Sarah Longwell, communications director of the group, went on to say in the release "Merit pay is oen of the best ways to attract a higher class of candidates to the education profession." She also said, "Teachers unions always say they're interested in helping children, but it's hard to see how encouraging mediocrity in the classroom is good for our kids."
The group says it is not anti-union, but it also says in the first sentence of the "about us" section of its website, "Union officials have abused the trust of their members. They've misspent member dues and harmed the very same people they promise to protect."