The Boston Teachers Union has denied any involvement in a massive television advertisement buy in the final days of the Boston mayoral race by its national affiliate that is believed to have helped propell Martin J. Walsh to victory over city councilor John R. Connolly, a longtime adversary of the teachers’ union.
In a strongly-worded statement sent this morning to its 11,000 members, the Boston Teachers’ Union thanked the American Federation of Teachers—the country’s second largest educators union—for its $500,000 ad buy on behalf of Walsh but denied having any prior knowledge of its national affiliate’s involvement in the race.
Last week’s disclosure that it was the AFT behind the mysterious “One Boston” political action committee illuminated for the first time the extent to which Boston’s mayoral contest served as a major battleground for the national clash between charter school advocates and teachers unions.
All told, national education groups on both sides of the long-brewing power struggle between teachers unions and charter-school advocates poured more than $1.8 million into the mayoral race. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.