15th 2009
National Education Association Leader Candid about Union Priorities

Posted under Education Politics & Independence Institute & Journalism & Teachers

For those who heard my Education Policy Center friend Ben DeGrow discuss the National Education Association this morning on News Talk 1310 KFKA‘s Amy Oliver Show, here is the video clip you heard of the NEA’s retiring general counsel Bob Chanin explaining his organization’s priorities:

The clip came from the end of Chanin’s keynote speech to the NEA’s annual Representative Assembly in San Diego on July 6. According to Education Week reporter Steven Sawchuk, Chanin received a 5-minute standing ovation at the end. Do leaders of the Colorado Education Association share Chanin’s priorities? Is there an intrepid reporter in our state who would dare ask? Inquiring minds want to know …

Also, for those who listened to the radio interview, here is a link to the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights report (PDF) criticizing NEA, which Ben and Amy talked about this morning. Ben also wrote about these issues at length on the Schools for Tomorrow blog — here and here.


11 Responses to “National Education Association Leader Candid about Union Priorities”

  1. Ed is Watching » iVoices: Ben DeGrow, Amy Oliver Talk about Teachers Union Priorities on 24 Jul 2009 at 10:45 am #

    [...] week I helped bring your attention to the National Education Association’s open declaration about their priorities as a labor [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Status Quo in Congress Holds Back Teacher Incentive Fund Growth … Somewhat on 31 Jul 2009 at 10:32 am #

    [...] But what else can you expect from the NEA? [...]

  3. Independent Teachers » Blog Archive » California Teachers Empowerment Network Responds On Air to NEA’s Bob Chanin on 05 Oct 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    [...] the National Education Association’s Bob Chanin being a little bit too candid about the union’s priorities? Well, a “sister” group of ours on the West Coast, known as the California Teachers [...]

  4. National Education Association Leader Candid about Union Priorities | Colorado Education Association on 03 Feb 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    [...] Re-posted from Ed Is Watching blog This entry was posted in Colorado Education Association. Bookmark the permalink. ← Union Dues National Education Association Spends Member Dues for Government Health Care → LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]

  5. Ed is Watching » Will There Be Any Fireworks to See at This Year’s NEA Representative Assembly? on 01 Jul 2011 at 11:17 am #

    [...] a candid glimpse of things otherwise concealed by a blanket of darkness. In that sense this frank declaration of union priorities delivered at the 2009 National Education Association Representative Assembly certainly would [...]

  6. Ne on 04 Oct 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I believe the CCCR site has been hacked. Does anyone have another link to the site? Thank You.

  7. Ed is Watching » Happy Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: A Fun Friday NEA Tribute from Ed-I-Said on 02 Mar 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    [...] you click it With Bob Chanin? Would you click it While it’s [...]

  8. Ed is Watching » Teachers Union Officials Get Sappy, Sentimental about Declining Power on 12 Jun 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    [...] it be memories of the heady days of retiring NEA general counsel Bob Chanin declaring that everybody picked on them because they had “power”? On the other hand, I’m [...]

  9. Ed is Watching » NEA Delegates Fight Their Own Power; Pres. Obama Phones In from Underwater? on 06 Jul 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    [...] assembly. Apparently, nothing took place there like in 2009, when the outgoing NEA general counsel proclaimed the union’s true priorities. Actually, it’s more along the spirit of last year, though, when NEA delegates took both [...]

  10. Ed is Watching » Change of Heart on Choice, Reform, Funding, and Unions: Time for Ed Is Playing!! on 01 Apr 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    [...] unions are just looking out for all teachers and helping to make them better at their jobs. I find the words of retiring NEA counsel Bob Chanin inspiring and refreshing. In fact, I’m thinking about starting a Junior Edubloggers Union and [...]

  11. Ed is Watching » Union Leaders Miss Bus as Union Bus (Thankfully) Misses Me on 14 Jul 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    [...] a Greeley Tribune op-ed last week. He set up the 2009 NEA Assembly as a point of comparison, with candidly expressed union priorities put on center [...]

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