Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Teachers Don’t Vote, Do They?

From CNN:

“Make that dunce cap a size 7-1/2…”

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association a “terrorist organization” Monday as he argued that the country’s largest teachers union often acts at odds with the wishes of rank-and-file teachers regarding school standards and accountability.

Paige later issued a written release saying that statement, made during a conversation with governors, “was an inappropriate choice of words” but reiterated his criticism of the NEA and its Washington lobbyists.

An administration official said the secretary was “clearly joking” but he should not have used the “terrorist” label in taking issue with the NEA — which is not only the largest teachers union but also a major player in Democratic Party politics.