Stormy Atlanta outside. Anger and common sense from the delegates inside. [View all]
The pounding of thunder outside the Atlanta convention center was so loud it could be heard inside the room where 7,000 delegates and 3,000 non-delegates met in the first large session of the RA.
From the preliminaries I was concerned that a push by the national leadership and President Dennis Van Roekel of the Common Core standards would cause a big unfortunate fight.
I had written earlier about his unscripted belligerent speech to the Retired Conference where he seemed to surrender the union’s core mission of collective bargaining in favor of pushing the Common Core.
In his keynote address to the RA this afternoon DVR was back on message. Now there was no mention of collective bargaining. It was all about “educator-led reform and student success.”