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Who Would Be NEA’s Choice for Hillary’s VP?

Hillary Clinton is expected to name her running mate this afternoon, and the conventional wisdom crowns Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her choice. The 74 helpfully provided the education policy backgrounds of eight potential VPs, but missed a big connection for one of the candidates – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It’s forgivable for […]

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And Now, A Word About Union Unity

Joe Thomas is the new president of the Arizona Education Association. He posted a tweet this morning. If AFT & NEA are stronger together, help me understand why the AFT-AZ Pres is intent on raiding my AEA locals. @rweingarten @Lily_NEA — Joe Thomas (@AZ1Thomas) July 21, 2016

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Trump Jr. Passes Up Chance to Plagiarize Al Shanker

Education never figures big in presidential campaigns, but Donald Trump Jr. used it to fire a salvo during his speech at the Republican National Convention yesterday evening. Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class, now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the […]

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Taking Release Time From the AFT Convention

I am not in Minneapolis attending the AFT Convention, which means I missed Hillary Clinton showing up fashionably late to deliver a speech “substantially similar” to the one she gave at the NEA Representative Assembly two weeks ago, including the same hurried reference to charter schools. And there was some commotion in the back of the […]

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Which Side Are You On?

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NEA Adds $1.4 Million to Massachusetts Anti-Charter Campaign

An initiative on the November ballot in Massachusetts would lift the state’s cap on charter schools just enough to allow 12 new charters or expansions of existing charters each year. That seems relatively innocuous as political issues go, but the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) has made the referendum its line in the sand. It is […]

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From the Vault: August 19, 2002

Vermont Gov. Dean Wins Chutzpah Award. Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is planning to run for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. His as-yet-unannounced candidacy brought him to Albany, New York, last week to make a speech before a meeting of the New York State United Teachers. Following the playbook to the letter, Gov. Dean decided that […]

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