Hillary Clinton and NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
I received the nominating form in the mail for Retired IEA delegate to the NEA national convention. I didn’t fill it out.
For the first time in decades I won’t be running for NEA Representative Assembly delegate or attending an RA.
For twenty years I represented my local and region. The last three years I represented retired Illinois Education Association members.
This July I won’t be in Washington, D.C.
It will be interesting to see the turnout for this election. Only 700 out of 13,000 IEA Retired members voted for Retired delegates to the state convention. That was one third the number of the votes cast last year.
At last year’s convention in Orlando the NEA delegates voted to target toxic testing and institutional racism as the main national campaigns for the year.
Instead it turned out that the main national campaign has been Hillary Clinton.
A New Business Item which I offered and was supported by the Illinois delegation calling for the NEA to support efforts to removed the Confederate flag from public places was passed after a two hour debate.
It has never heard from again.
Common Core? PARCC?
Over at the AFT, where President Randi Weingarten once tweeted about education issues, now she is all-Hillary all the time.
Republican operatives are trying to help Bernie Sanders because they don’t want to run against Hillary Clinton https://t.co/lXQixqQvXH
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) January 20, 2016
And NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is not much different.
— Lily Eskelsen García (@Lily_NEA) January 18, 2016
Between the NEA Retired Conference followed by the NEA RA, that would be ten days in D.C.
I fear it will be nothing more than a very long Hillary pep rally.