Education Week reporter David Hoff videos educator delegates about their views on Sen. Obama's education platform.

The education event that followed the NEA luncheon showed the growing tensions within the Democratic Party over school reform, and the role of teachers’ unions.


The 200-plus NEA delegates from the Democratic National Convention aren’t going to be reading Campaign K-12. If they follow the advice of their union’s staff, they’ll be getting their convention news from stalwart liberal blogs DailyKos, talkingpointsmemo, and others. The blogs will give delegates the news they need “to help direct the conversation toward the association’s goal: Great Public Schools as a Basic Right for Every Student!” says a flier handed out at the lunch. Sample endorsement: americablog.com is “a great place to get anti-McCain information,” the handout says. The advice is no surprise, given ...


Presumptive vice presidential nominee Joe Biden voted for NCLB, but now he regrets it. The Delaware senator said in a presidential debate last year said he voted for the now controversial law in 2001 because he "has great faith in Ted Kennedy," the Massachusetts Democrat who led the effort to ensure its bipartisan passage. It's time to start over on K-12 policy, Biden added. I would scrap it—or I guess, theoretically, you could do a major overhaul. But I think I'd start from the beginning. You need better teachers. You need smaller classrooms. You need to start kids earlier. It's...


During his short-lived campaign for president, Democrat Joe Biden said education would be his top domestic priority. But it's clear that Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois didn't pick Biden as his vice-presidential pick because of domestic issues, but because of his foreign relations credentials. So as David Hoff and I begin our coverage of the convention here in Denver, we're not expecting Biden's speech from the podium of the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night to be a showstopper on education reform. However, it's worth remembering what Biden said on education issues while he campaigned for the No. 1 job. On ...


This EdWeek story does a great job summarizing the new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on the the public's attitudes toward public schools.


View Larger Map The country's two largest teachers' unions will be well represented at the Democratic Convention next week. The American Federation of Teachers will have 135 delegates in attendance. The National Education Association will be sending more than 200 delegates—including 22 superdelegates. Their biggest delegation is from Alabama, with 22 members, followed by North Carolina, with 15. But the delegate making the farthest trek comes from Wasilla, Alaska, near Anchorage. That's 3,180 miles from Denver—according to the Google map I included above....


The Democrats are starting to flesh out their speaker line-up for the convention, which starts Monday night. Opening night will feature a tribute to No Child Left Behind architect Sen. Ted Kennedy, and will also feature prime-time speeches by the country's top two teachers' union leaders: Reg Weaver of the National Education Association (who turns over the helm to Dennis Van Roekel) and the American Federation of Teachers' Randi Weingarten. UPDATE: Over at EdWeek's new blog, Teacher Beat, read my colleague Vaishali Honawar's take on the merit pay debate in Denver, and how that ties into the convention....


With the Democratic convention days away, and the GOP confab immediately following, I wanted to let you all know that Education Week's Campaign K-12 will be on the ground in Denver and in St. Paul, bringing you first-hand coverage. We'll be writing stories for our print and online versions of EdWeek, blogging here (of course!), and even experimenting with Twitter. We'll be carrying around trendy backpacks, filled with the latest audio and video equipment (which we may or may not know how to use) as we strive to bring you not just stories, but the sights and sounds of the ...


Earlier this week, I blogged about the education angle of the Democrats' new platform. At the time, the Democratic National Committee didn't have a final, electronic version done so I could share it with you. Well, now it does. It's a 94-page document, but their main policy positions on education start on page 20....


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