The new president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, spoke with Education Week reporter Mark Walsh about why he was at the RNC and how the NEA feels about Sen. John McCain's education agenda.

As president, the Republican candidate would persuade the more conservative wing of his party to support those policies.

Education Week reporter Alyson Klein spoke to the U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings about why she supports Sen. John McCain.

Rep. Castle says Bush lost his commitment to education reform, but McCain or Obama will retain tough accountabilty measures.

For education redesign efforts to succeed, they will have to be championed by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, former speaker of the U.S. House says.

The teachers' union has about 40 delegates at the Republican National Convention this year.

The document calls for merit pay and school choice but is vague on the future of NCLB.

In an interview, the U.S. secretary of education discusses the campaign, No Child Left Behind, and Hurricane Gustav.

The ad calls for rigorous national standards, performance pay for teachers, and more learning time and support for students.

The fact that the Republican convention was being scaled back was slowly sinking in with the delegates gathering here.

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