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 Education Insider

Special Edition

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February 24, 2004

Secretary Paige, you owe ME an apology.
I am the NEA.

On Monday, February 23, the same day President George W. Bush launched the opening salvo in his re-election campaign, his Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, called the National Education Association a “terrorist organization.”

These events were no accident or coincidence. Demonizing America’s public school teachers and education support professionals has been a longstanding practice of public education’s opponents.

In 1996, Senator Bob Dole accepted his presidential nomination saying, "To the teachers unions I say, when I am president, I will disregard your political power, for the sake of the parents, the children, the schools and the nation."

While Secretary Paige has since called NEA President Reg Weaver and has issued a statement saying he used an "inappropriate choice of words," his behavior cannot be countenanced. Moreover, he continues to inflame the situation, referring to our efforts to improve ESEA/NCLB as "obstructionist scare tactics." He continues to demean our organization; to attempt to drive a wedge between our organization, our members, and the public; and to try to silence any dissent regarding the Administration's misguided education policies.

Is this what George W. Bush meant in 2000 when he said he wanted to come to Washington, D.C. to “change the tone”?

Let Washington know how you feel about being called a terrorist. Send a message today to President Bush, Secretary Paige, and your U.S. Representative and Senators.

President Weaver's News Release

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