As Washington, D.C. schools chief, Rhee sparred with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten over the school system's contract. Since then, Rhee, who is CEO and founder of nonprofit StudentsFirst, has said time and time again that she believes unions have a strong role in education and that collective bargaining is important.
Now, the political action committee of StudentsFirst is pumping $500,000 into a campaign against Michigan's Proposal 2, a ballot measure that would protect collective bargaining by enshrining it in the state's constitution. Mlive.com first reported the contribution Thursday morning. StudentsFirst is a national lobbying and advocacy shop based in Sacramento, Calif., that has received heavy support from bundlers for both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Under Proposal 2, any Michigan laws that limit workers' ability to join unions would be invalidated -