Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Intercepts: Rod Paige to Run for NEA President

Yes, that same Rod Paige who wrote this book:
The War Against Hope: How Teacher's Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education.

Paige was joined by NEA Vice President Dennis Van Roekel, who announced he was withdrawing his own candidacy and supporting Paige.

"Rod Paige understands every level of our association and knows its strengths," Van Roekel said. "He has a track record of making organizations perform. He is a tremendous coalition builder. He respects and values staff. Most importantly, he has great vision for the important role the union plays and is committed to serving our more than 3.2 million members."

The election will be held at the NEA Representative Assembly in July.
He seems to have some institutional backing, but Paige would not have even made my list of potential candidates.


Mike Antonucci said...

Dude. It was an April Fool's joke.

Betty said...

I'm the same way about dates. I fell for a few jokes too. Joel's post about resigning from teaching totally had me until I realized it was April 1st.