A reader sent me a comment yesterday. She had been on one of the conference calls with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel that lead up to the NEA Representative Assembly. The NEA RA starts June 30 in Washington D.C.
The reader reports that one of the participants in the conference call asked DVR why the NEA hasn’t been pressuring the Obama administration to fire Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
You may remember that at last year’s NEA RA, in spite of an unusual early endorsement of Obama by our national Association, delegates (of which I was one) passed a multi-point indictment of Duncan and the policies he promoted as Education Secretary.
I wasn’t part of the conference call, but my reader paraphrased DVR as saying, “We aren’t going to tell Obama what to do anymore than he would tell us what to do.”
Remarkable. Apparently DVR thinks Obama elected us.
Obama’s decision today to bypass Congress and enact the policies of the Dream Act show that this is no time to let up on the President.
In fact the time has never been better.
Obama needs Latino votes more than ever. So he enacts the policies of the Dream Act.
And if you have talked to a teacher lately, you know there is not a lot of excitement around his candidacy.
DVR is wrong.
Now is the time to tell Obama what to do about education.
DVR can start by telling him to fire Arne Duncan.