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NEA Signals Support for Obama in 2012

The Obama administration backs merit pay for teachers, linking test scores to teacher evaluations, and making tenure harder to achieve, but the National Education Association still has a little love for the president.

They plan to endorse his re-election bid. Today, NEA's political action committee approved the recommendation, but it's not a done deal.

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This summer, the Representative Assembly, which is the 9,000-member policymaking body of the NEA, still has to approve it. After all, this is the same group that cast a "no confidence" vote in Race to the Top, Obama's signature education-reform effort. They also considered, at least briefly, a vote on whether Obama should dump Education Secretary Arne Duncan. And they've been known to boo Duncan and his ideas, too.

But NEA president Dennis Van Roekel said today, in a statement: "It is time to stand strong for what we believe in and what is right for students and families, schools and the nation. President Barack Obama has proven he deserves a second term."

The NEA is endorsing much quicker this time around. In the hard-fought 2008 primary, the 3.2-million-member group waited a loooonnng time to endorse.

Read more about this endorsement over at Teacher Beat.

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