Arne Duncan’s speech to the NEA today is an important one and an important moment. It’s fair but challenging and a pretty clear signal of where the lines are. Free PR advice for the NEA: Pretend you love it and are on board and in agreement with the Secretary about the urgency to improve schools, it’s a holiday weekend so maybe nobody will notice the actual content….
Update from Eduwonk sources inside the hall: They’re ignoring my advice! They even heartily booed the mention of Green Dot! These days that’s like hating Santa Claus…some booing at other parts as well, tenure, seniority, and all the talk of data but charters are definitely the big target that almost everyone in the NEA ranks can agree to shoot at.
Update III: Implicit big winner here: AFT Pres. Randi Weingarten.