Teachers union chief: School choice rooted in segregation

The head of one of the country's leading teachers' unions charged Thursday that school choice, a key policy agenda of the Trump administration, is rooted in segregation and racism.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation's second largest teachers' group, said that decades ago school choice was used by officials in the South to resist desegregation.

Weingarten has been a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump's efforts to expand charter and private school voucher programs around the country. In her speech, she called Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a "public school denier."

"Make no mistake: This use of...