The National Education Association’s agenda for its national assembly has little to do with education, observes Captain’s Quarters and Michelle Malkin. Two items in the top 30 deal directly with education, writes the Captain. Instead, the NEA is busy opposing Wal-Mart, calling for withdrawal from Iraq and working to defeat the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Well, the NEA’s top 15 list does include demonizing Eli Broad, whose foundation has given $400 million to improve urban education. Broad belongs to EdVoice, a bipartisan California group that wants to give mayors the power to appoint school boards in troubled urban districts.
Meanwhile, the American Federation of Teachers is trying to modify No Child Left Behind, not kill it, Education Week reports:
So instead of just finding fault with the law, AFT leaders have been working to come up with suggested alternatives even before the reauthorization process, scheduled for 2007, begins. It featured, for example, articles by respected education experts on standards and accountability in the spring issue of its American Educator journal.
AFT is raising serious issues but coming to the debate awfully late, notes Eduwonk, who’s tanned, rested and ready for blogging.