More from the Cabinet of Mister “I’m going to change the tone in Washington” and “I’m a uniter not a divider.”
“Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association a ‘terrorist organization’ Monday as he argued that the country’s largest teachers union often acts at odds with the wishes of rank-and-file teachers regarding school standards and accountability. “
What can I say? I suppose Bush’s Labor Secretary considers the AFL-CIO to be the same thing. And the head of the EPA the Sierra Club. Etc.
And check out what he calls an “apology:”
“It was an inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA’s Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind’s historic education reforms.
“I also said, as I have repeatedly, that our nation’s teachers, who have dedicated their lives to service in the classroom, are the real soldiers of democracy, whereas the NEA’s high-priced Washington lobbyists have made no secret that they will fight against bringing real, rock-solid improvements in the way we educate all our children regardless of skin color, accent or where they live. “
This is the guy who’s job is to WORK WITH the teacher unions!