NEA Stays On Sidelines, For Now

The National Education Association's executive board and PAC officials are in Washington this week, but NEA president Reg Weaver told me yesterday that he's not prepared to recommend a presidential endorsement.

Why? "They're not talking about education."

The NEA has hundreds of thousands of members in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin, and its members tend to be very helpful on election day. Usually, the NEA sends more delegates to the Democratic National Convention than any other interest group.

Weaver said he wants to hear more from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton about No Child Left Behind, about infrastructure investments in schools, about many other topics he hasn't heard them speak about before he tenders a recommendation.

So for now, the NEA is on the sidelines.