Election 2012

Teachers Unions Souring on Democrats in Charlotte

Unrest among those questioning Democrats' commitment to public schools and teacher unions

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Teachers unions have been the Democratic Party's foot soldiers for more than half a century, providing not only generous financial backing but an army of volunteers in return for support of their entrenched power in the nation's public schools.

But this relationship is fraying, and the deterioration was evident Monday as Democrats gathered here for their national convention.