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  •  So - the NEA and AFT could take one lesson (3+ / 0-)
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    neaguy, Maikeru Ronin, aliasalias

    from the Repubs - threaten to withhold an endorsement until we get what we want.  It's pretty clear we want the following:
    - Get rid of Arne Duncan
    - reduction not increase in number of charter schools
    - less emphasis on testing programs such as NCLB or RTTT
    - no merit pay (because who REALLY decides based on what criteria?)
    - don't mess with our long fought for rights to tenure, collective bargaining and academic freedom
    - educating our young should be the nation's #1 priority
    - just a little more respect for our profession

    Together our two unions are the largest labor force in the country.  Many of us have negotiated contracts and know that we have great leverage if appied at the correct fulcrum.  We would never endorse the Republicans but the President cannot afford to have us withhold our endorsement of him.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." A. Einstein

    by moose67 on Sun May 08, 2011 at 09:33:12 AM PDT

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