The National Education Association PAC Council approved a conditional recommendation of Senator Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination. The recommendation will only take effect if one of two things occurs before the next PAC Council meeting (June 29):
a) Senator Hillary Clinton withdraws; or
b) Senator Obama obtains the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination.
The PAC Council’s decision was placed before the NEA Board of Directors during a conference call last week, but only 96 of the 184 voting members of the board participated. Despite the conditional nature of the recommendation, which in effect delays any NEA action until the race is decided, there was still opposition. However, the recommendation passed by a vote of 69-27.
I’ll have analysis in today’s communiqué and more details as they become available.