I too am a fan of teachers. However, teachers != teacher's unions. Here in Colorado, as in many other places, the local teachers have to fight their own union (ran by politicians, not educators) constantly, especially if they are one of those truly awesome teachers value their student's education over their student's indoctrination. The unions feed directly off the government's teats taking their money before the teachers here even get it and cycle it back into the Democrat party. It should be illegal, and it is certainly immoral, and quite a few of our "heroes" feel the same way.