How The NEA Ended Up So Opposed To Miller/McKeon
Here's how things unfolded, best as I can figure out:
For the first few days of last week everybody said that they hadn't read enough of the details to respond (see EdWeek story here).
Even on Friday, Andy's beloved David Hoff quoted NEA chief Reg Weaver as supporting key elements of the teacher quality proposal (which they later recanted).
A Wednesday September 5 letter from the NEA to the Committee included both lots of complaints and lots of praise for the draft (here), granted for only Title I. However, no one reported on this letter, which would have been key.
In the meantime, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the NYT editorial pages had all expressed concern that the Miller draft was giving too much away to the suburban-dominated union.
Only on Monday -- when Weaver's testimony was released (PDF here) and Miller and Weaver got into it was it -- fully clear that the NEA wanted both a softer AYP system (which they'd gotten) and softer teacher quality standards (which they hadn't), and that their California brethren were jumping in (as they have in the past) with both feet.