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Even Bruce Rauner isn’t attending the Republican National Convention.
Yet the brilliant minds at NEA have set up a booth in Cleveland at Trumpence-a-looza.
I left the NEA after four years of heading up an IEA Retired chapter, so it’s not my membership money or PAC contribution being spent in Cleveland.
But this is more evidence of the Bizarro World of teacher union politics:
The UFT members of the MORE/New Action Caucus swept the high school election for seats on the UFT Executive Board, but can’t attend the convention as delegates. Only Randi Weingarten’s Unity Caucus can get seated in the UFT New York delegation.
MORE/New Action slate winner, Arthur Goldstein, tried to register as an observer/member, but was told he needed to be “vouched for.” Arthur is the long-time chapter leader of one of the largest high schools in all of New York City.
NEA endorsed Hillary Clinton, as will the AFT.
But the NEA is handing out pro-GOP buttons at the show in Cleveland. “Republicans love public education,” they say.