“Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union, anti-student environment I have ever experienced,” Dennis Van Roekel, president of the union, the National Education Association, told thousands of members gathered at the convention center here. (NY Times)Duncan's response: "But we won’t agree on every issue.” Read, who cares? See this video on the DOE's secret memo.
Now let's see what happens with the AFT in Seattle. The NEA resolution can't help but put pressure of the AFT and its president, Randi Weingarten. It's not accident that she gave this statement for the Times story on the NEA resolution:
“For the Department of Education to say, ‘Everybody else has to sacrifice, but our pet programs must be spared’— that makes me so angry I don’t even know how to say it,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which has often been more supportive of administration initiatives than the National Education Association .