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August 24, 2008

Union Tensions at DNC

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.

August 24, 2008

NEA Delegates Jump on Liberal Bandwagon

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 de...

August 01, 2008

More Reaction on the McCain Speech...

...from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. I think it goes without saying that she doesn't like it. I can practically hear the sarcasm when she refers to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein as McCain's "new best friends." Read Alyson's detailed post about what sparked Wein...

July 23, 2008

McCain and Obama Advisers on Spec Ed, NCLB, and Funding

Sen. John McCain will be filling in the blanks in his education plan in a "little bit" with proposals on prekindergarten, college access and affordability, and special education, top education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan told the National Conference of State Legislators today in New Orleans. While m...

July 15, 2008

Obama Rep Endorses Pay Based on Student Performance

From contributing blogger David Hoff: At an event in Washington today, Jane Swift explained where Sen. John McCain stands on rewarding teachers based on the improvement of their students. The Arizona Republican would give extra pay to teachers who "measurably raise" student achievement, the former ...

July 02, 2008

Will Obama Get Tough with the NEA?

NPR this morning did a segment on just how bipartisan John McCain and Barack Obama really are. (Hat tip to Liam, over at Flypaper.) As an example of just how willing Obama is to break ranks with his party, NPR points to an interview the Illinois Democrat gave to Fox News Sunday, in which he pointe...

July 02, 2008

The NEA's Plan to Transform Schools by 2020

As the National Education Association's annual convention gets started, the nation's largest teachers' union unveiled its plan to fix schools by 2020. The crux: get rid of the No Child Left Behind Act, diminish the federal role in education while still giving states lots of money. More specifically...

June 30, 2008

Why Teacher Quality Is a Good Campaign Issue

Because respondents in a new Associated Press poll list it as the most significant problem facing their child's school. Forty-seven percent think getting and keeping good teachers is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. Teachers are a bigger issue than overcrowding, lack of student disci...

June 11, 2008

Hillary's Out: Now What?

For the American Federation of Teachers, Hillary Clinton's concession on Saturday means that it's time for the union to repair any lost love and throw its full support behind Barack Obama. Although the Obama campaign will certainly appreciate the AFT's organized foot-soldiers, the union will have to...

June 05, 2008

The Man with All of the Answers

As some astute readers have noticed, there's a new face on my blog. Look up! It's the NEA's Joel Packer, who is proclaiming in the above advertisement to have ALL of the answers. While I don't have anything to do with Joel's smiling face appearing there, I thought I'd use this opportunity to ask t...

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