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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...

June 04, 2008

NEA Endorsement

From contributing blogger Alyson Klein: The National Education Association is finally planning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, now that he has enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination. Way to go out on a limb there, NEA. (Hat tip to Mike Antonucci, who I've linked to above, a...

May 27, 2008

Life Imitating Art ... Kinda

From contributing blogger Alyson Klein: So apparently it's not just my editor and fan of NBC's "The West Wing" Mark Walsh who noticed that the 2008 presidential election bares an uncanny resemblance to the final two seasons of the multi-award winning drama. The Washington Post had a piece on the s...

May 27, 2008

Is the NEA Ready to Endorse Obama?

Maybe. Read union watchdog Mike Antonucci's post here, in which he reveals that the National Education Association's PAC Council approved a "conditional" endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama. You can't really get more conditional than the NEA's conditions. They're endorsing Obama only if he captures ...

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