National Journal’s Brian Friel reports on the National Education Association’s new spin-off group, “America Learns.” Modeled after issue advocacy groups like the Sierra Club and NRA, the group will “enlarge the public policy debate about public education and zero in on No Child Left Behind,” according to its new director. Eduwonk wonders which of those two issues will be the priority?
So let’s recap. Faced with a strongly anti-labor administration (that particularly loathes the NEA) and a Labor Department and IRS investigation of its finances and political activities, the NEA is….launching an organization to attack a law aimed at ensuring that poor and minority kids get a decent education. America might learn…but apparently not the NEA.