The Boston Teachers Union is poised to endorse Councilors Rob Consalvo and Felix G. Arroyo for mayor, potentially bolstering their campaigns with thousands of foot soldiers in the crucial days before Tuesday’s preliminary election.
The dual endorsements are expected to be finalized Wednesday afternoon during a general membership meeting that will probably draw hundreds of teachers who are eager to influence the direction of the city’s school system.
Education has been a significant issue in the race and a fracture line has emerged over charter schools, which rarely employ unionized teachers. Many teachers oppose election of a mayor who calls for more charter schools.
Both Consalvo and Arroyo are against allowing more charter schools to open and have been vocal in their support for teachers.
“We feel there are a number of candidates who believe strongly in public education, but we think these two far and away separated themselves by being more thoughtful and for having a better grasp of what the schools need to move forward,” Richard Stutman, the union’s president, said in an interview.
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