July 7, 2014
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
NEA Wants Duncan's Resignation (KIMBERLY HEFLING, 7/07/14, AP)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2014 7:19 PM
The vote underscores the long-standing tension between the Obama administration and teachers' unions -- historically a steadfast Democratic ally.A tipping point for some members was Duncan's statement last month in support of a California judge's ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state's public school teachers. In harsh wording, the judge said such laws harm particularly low-income students by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.Even before that, teachers' unions have clashed with the administration over other issues ranging from its support of charter schools to its push to use student test scores as part of evaluating teachers.