Teachers' Union Chiefs Speak Tonight
National Education Association President Reg Weaver and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten are on tap to speak before the Democratic National Convention tonight. Weaver is slated to speak shortly after 5:00 P.M. Mountain time (7:00 P.M. ET), and has been alloted about three minutes. Weingarten is slated about five speakers after Weaver.
Monday of convention week is the day the Democratic Party traditionally squeezes in representatives of some of its biggest constituencies, but ones that it doesn't necessarily want to have a prime-time role. (Also on tap today, Nancy Keenan, the president of the National Abortion Rights Action League.)
Meanwhile, the Denver Post and other news organizations are reporting that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Senate education committee, has arrived in Denver and will be at the Pepsi Center for the big tribute to him, although he is unlikely to address the delegates.