The teachers' unions are very busy in Nevada, which will host a presidential primary on Jan. 19. But the political strategies of the two powerful, rival unions — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — are very different. To make sure their teachers are heard, one union has filed a lawsuit seeking to drown out another union's voice, while the other teachers' union is using the grassroots method. The Nevada State Teachers Association, an affiliate of the NEA, is suing the state Democratic Party for making it easier for culinary workers in the Las Vegas casinos to vote. ...


When is getting an education endorsement not a good thing? When you're a Republican, and you get the approval of a state affiliate of the National Education Association. About a month ago, my colleague and Campaign K-12 contributor Alyson Klein wondered whether Mike Huckabee's endorsement by the New Hampshire affiliate of the NEA would help him win his party's nomination. Well, someone finally used it as ammunition in a debate. Last night, at the South Carolina debate televised on Fox News, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson included that NEA endorsement in a list of other perceived Republican sins (like raising ...


The only sitting governor in the presidential race—and the campaign's loudest NCLB naysayer—is calling it quits. Though New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hasn't made it official, every media outlet in town is reporting it. (Update: He just made it official, a little before 3:30 p.m. today). This means Gov. Richardson, a Democrat, can stop thinking up more verbs he can use to describe what he wants to do with NCLB. "Scrap it", "junk it", "get rid of it", "throw it out", and the list goes on...While that may have resonated with the education community fed ...


Boosting teacher pay is a hot education reform topic on the presidential campaign trail, especially for Democrats. Barack Obama even talked about it last night during his second-place-finish speech in the New Hampshire primary, saying, "We [need to] stop talking about how great teachers are and start rewarding them for their greatness." It's a popular message with unions, whose members are a key voting bloc. Teacher pay is relatively easy for voters to understand in short sound bites. Plus, many voters find it hard to argue with the need to pay teachers more money for the vital, and difficult, public ...


No matter which party they identified with, voters in yesterday's New Hampshire primary are worried about one thing: the economy. New Hampshire featured big come-from-behind victories for Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a Republican written off months ago, and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who was essentially written off in this state after Barack Obama's resounding victory in Iowa. With the economy weighing heavily on voters' minds, what better time for the presidential candidates to start talking more earnestly about how the quality of public schools does — or does not — affect the national economy? The producers of the ...


In the race for the presidency, having served as a governor is a big resume boost. Among recent occupants of the White House, look at President George W. Bush (Texas) and predecessors Bill Clinton (Arkansas), and Ronald Reagan (California)—all ex-CEOs of their states. In this presidential campaign, there are two ex-governors running for office — Republicans Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts, and Mike Huckabee, of Arkansas. And, on the Democratic side, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is seeking the nation's highest office while remaining his state's chief executive. But if you can't be a governor, you'd better round 'em up in ...


If you read my colleague David Hoff's new piece about Margaret Spellings, you'll see that she seems to put to rest speculation , at least for the near future, that she may return to her home state of Texas to pursue a run for governor in 2010, or possibly the U.S. Senate. Spellings told EdWeek's Hoff that she expects to keep living in suburban Washington, D.C., until her youngest daughter graduates from high school in 2010. “I’m probably going to stay in Washington for a while,” she said....


With Republican presidential contender John McCain poised to make a strong showing—or even win—tomorrow's primary in New Hampshire, it seems appropriate to re-examine his views on education. That's not such an easy task. Education doesn't make the Arizona senator's list of issues on his campaign website. McCain doesn't talk much about No Child Left Behind (which he voted for as a member of the Senate in 2001) on the campaign trail, but he has said he favors some changes in testing requirements, particularly as they relate to English-language learners. In the Dec. 12 debate in Iowa, when asked ...


The results from yesterday's Iowa caucuses make one thing very clear: these Midwestern voters are demanding change. So they gave their votes to Republican Mike Huckabee, a likable, though sometimes gaffe-prone, bass-playing former Arkansas governor who has made arts education his big school initiative. And to Democrat Barack Obama, an African-American candidate who has billed himself as a force for change, who has dared to broach the subject of merit pay for teachers and who hasn't been nearly as fierce in his opposition of No Child Left Behind as some of his opponents. (Democrat Hillary Clinton made a passing mention ...


Today, voters in Iowa will help decide who will be our next president, and today here in the Washington D.C. area, I'm about halfway through last year's season of the HBO show, "The Wire." What does "The Wire" have to do with the Iowa caucuses, you ask? Well nothing, except the two got me thinking... This gritty, in-your-face, no-apologies drama about how street life rules Baltimore turned its lens on the city's public schools in Season Four. And the result wasn't pretty. (I happen to be a Baltimore resident so this show is pretty much required viewing in my ...


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