Romney Says He Won't Gut Teachers' Power to Strike

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 --- 1:06 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he wouldn't stop teachers from being able to strike.

The issue came to a head this month when thousands of teachers went on strike in Chicago, hometown to President Barack Obama. Romney blasted the unions while Obama stayed neutral.

Romney says it's a conflict of interest that teachers unions donate heavily to the Democratic Party. He says the unions care about teachers, not students.

At an education forum sponsored by NBC News, Romney said schools should get grades just like students. He said parental involvement is the key to student success.

In an interview earlier on Tuesday, Obama accused Romney of engaging in "teacher bashing."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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