Hold on to your hat! The National Education Association has endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.
NEA president Reg Weaver said, “There is no way around it: No Child Left Behind forces us to spend money we don’t have, on programs we don’t need, to get results that don’t matter.” Leaving the money issue aside, we don’t need programs to help low-achieving students improve? Results on reading and math tests don’t matter?
Kimberly Swygert adds:
The NEA also passed a new business item, NBI 12, which “requires NEA opposition to the passing of ‘barrier tests’ for grade promotion or high school graduation.” They’d rather stick with the plain old barriers of low standards and poor teaching, which do enough to prevent graduation.
And NEA delegates voted down a measure to call for international pressure on Sudan to stop killing and exiling blacks in Darfur. It wasn’t because the NEA doesn’t take stands on international affairs.