Tuesday, September 11, 2007

California Teachers Oppose Draft NCLB Reauthorization

The California Teachers Association, the largest state teacher's union in America is undertaking a rare campaign opposing senior Members of Congress for their state, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chair of the House Education & Workforce Committee.

The CTA opposes the current draft of the reauthorization due to the inclusion of various items they claim will violate collective bargaining rights. According to NCLB: Act II:, the CTA is attempting to rally the netroots to oppose the reauthorization by taking a premium ad out on DailyKos.

Despite the fact that the the original NCLB is tied closely to liberal icons Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Miller, the law, at least in the minds of the netroots, is President Bush's bill. Getting them riled up about the law is not hard--mention George W. Bush and they begin salivating like Pavlov's pooches.

But the question to ask is what does the CTA get out of taking Pelosi and Miller and opposing the bill? What can Pelosi and Miller get out of the CTA's opposition? Finally, what will other state teachers' unions say?

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