Mitt Romney has pledged to push back against teachers unions as president, the Huffington Post reports. The former Massachusetts governor said on “Fox News Sunday,” “But the role I see that ought to remain in the president’s agenda with regards to education is to push back against the federal teachers unions.” He continued, “Those federal teachers unions have too much power, in some cases, they overwhelm the states, they overwhelm the local school districts. We have got to put the kids first and put these teachers unions behind.” Romney said he would not “necessarily” eliminate the Department of Education, but said that it may combined with agencies and that its “reach” into the states has to be “pulled back.” Romney also criticized teachers unions in the context of the No Child Left Behind Act…

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