Clinton booed by powerful teachers union

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Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was booed by union delegates Tuesday for saying public and charter schools should share ideas.

The National Education Association hosted the presidential hopeful during its annual representative assembly. Clinton spoke on educational policies but ran afoul with union delegates when she discussed charter schools. The union has advocated for Clinton since officially endorsing her in October 2015.

“When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working,” Clinton said before the union delegates, according to Politico. “And share it with schools across America.”

Clinton urged the delegates to rise above the fights happening within the educational system. Teachers unions tend to highly oppose charter and private schools, arguing private options take resources away from good schools, while supporters note it merely gives students a choice. Charter schools also impact membership since public schools tend to be more unionized.

Her charter school comments are only the latest in an already uneasy relationship with organized labor. National unions were slow to endorse her, while many local chapters gravitated toward her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders. The labor movement seemed split over how electable Clinton appeared and viewed Sanders as more aligned with union policies.

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