Here's the stereotype: Teachers and those who represent them have tin ears when it comes to teacher quality and training. Teachers, you see, are mostly interested in funding candidates — for school boards on up — who will protect their outrageous perks and their inherent right to do their jobs badly without consequence.
But even a short talk with the woman who is the face and voice of teachers nationally will disabuse you of this stereotype.
Bad teachers happen, acknowledges Randi Weingarten, who heads the American Federation of Teachers. She was in town recently.