At the NEA convention Senator Obama called for something that sounds a lot like merit pay today in his speech…that’ll be the headline. On Monday Senator Clinton said something nice about charter schools and that was the headline. The name of the game here is do no harm and they both did that and Obama likely helped himself in the process. But, I’d still really like to see someone make the true and courageous point that while hardly perfect, No Child Left Behind isn’t nearly as horrific as it’s made out to be. That’s post-partisan in today’s climate. Also, when Senator Kerry flirted with performance pay in 2004 the NEA went nuts, so keep an eye on the reax here especially if the press is really boffo. But, Obama is harder for them to demonize…Finally, some interesting goings on around ed policy.