Just a quick note during a break in the first session.
The main event today was NEA Prez Dennis Van Roekel's speech to the delegates. It was a fine speech. It hit on all our concerns: The attack on collective bargaining. Funding equity. Teachers as professionals. A stirring defense of public schools The attacks on teachers and other public employees in states like, , , and you know the rest.
What was missing was the acknowledgement that the Democrats need to be sent a similar message. Not only the GOP. Barely a mention of Arne Duncan plus a full-blown endorsement of Obama.
For that there was only polite applause.
Mike, I have to tell you that nobody is making book on the outcome of the secret ballot vote on an early endorsement. Whatever the outcome, whether the endorsement passes or not, the story will be that it passed by a little or it lost.
The vote comes later in the RA.