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February 14, 2008

Obama is "Open" to Vouchers

Yesterday, I asked if Democrat Barack Obama would stand up to teachers' unions and embrace policies that they would oppose. Well, it seems he's doing just that. In an eyebrow-raising statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Illinois senator said he's a skeptic of vouchers, but that he migh...

February 12, 2008

Will Obama Stand Up to the Teachers' Unions?

That's essentially the question The Politico asked of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, in this interview posted last night. The question came about when the interviewer remarked that Republican frontrunner John McCain has often bucked his own party (on issues such as immigration) and has the battle s...

February 06, 2008

NEA to Democrats: Come and Get It

In the wake of the Super Tuesday results, which showed no clear favorite among Democrats, the 3.2-million member National Education Association wants to remind Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that the union's endorsement is still up for grabs. With that endorsement comes access to hundreds o...

February 04, 2008

ED in '08 vs. the NEA

ED in '08 is back in the news again, and this time, the Washington Post is assessing the group's effectiveness at making education a top-tier presidential campaign issue in a story today. The story calls attention to ED in '08's split from the country's largest teachers' union in endorsing some f...

January 31, 2008

Clinton Dissed by California Teachers' Union

This is not good news for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is in a Super Tuesday dogfight with Barack Obama.

January 28, 2008

The NEA's $40 Million Political Down Payment

A whopping $40 million. That's how much the National Education Association is prepared to spend in this crucial 2008 election year. Read more about that in EdWeek's latest political story, by my colleague David Hoff. That money still isn't devoted to a specific candidate, and as Joe Williams of De...

January 15, 2008

Discord Among Nevada Teachers Over Caucus Lawsuit

The Nevada affiliate of the National Education Association is obviously feeling some heat for its decision to file suit to protest new at-large precincts at casinos on the Las Vegas Strip that will make it easier for workers to vote during Saturday's caucus. The Nevada State Teachers Association is...

January 14, 2008

In Nevada, A Tale of Two Different Teachers' Unions

The teachers' unions are very busy in Nevada, which will host a presidential primary on Jan. 19. But the political strategies of the two powerful, rival unions — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — are very different. To make sure their teachers are hear...

January 11, 2008

The 'Liberal', NEA-backed Mike Huckabee

When is getting an education endorsement not a good thing? When you're a Republican, and you get the approval of a state affiliate of the National Education Association. About a month ago, my colleague and Campaign K-12 contributor Alyson Klein wondered whether Mike Huckabee's endorsement by the ...

January 09, 2008

The 'Quality Counts' Message on Teacher Pay

Boosting teacher pay is a hot education reform topic on the presidential campaign trail, especially for Democrats. Barack Obama even talked about it last night during his second-place-finish speech in the New Hampshire primary, saying, "We [need to] stop talking about how great teachers are and st...

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