NEA spends millions opposing NCLB

July 11, 2006 at 1:35 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Washington think tank Education Sector has accused the National Education Association of spending millions in a campaign opposing No Child Left Behind.

The nonpartisan think tank said in a report Tuesday that the NEA, the largest teacher's union in the nation, gave more than $8 million in donations to groups conducting research and political opposition to U.S. President George Bush's education program, USA Today reported.

Joe Williams, a senior fellow at Education Sector, examined the NEA's federal tax forms for the report. He said he does not believe the union broke any laws with its spending, but "at the very least, it appears the NEA has actively pursued partnerships" with political groups opposing the law.

Williams' report said the donations "are not necessarily a quid pro quo," but they are "a connection worth knowing."

NEA president Reg Weaver said the NEA supports the goals of No Child Left Behind, but the law "is fundamentally flawed and changes need to be made. And nobody is more qualified to lead that effort than the people who are in the education front lines every day."

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