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    Education Secretary calls teachers union "terrorist organization"
    By Robert Tanner
    Published: Monday, Feb. 23 2004

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's
    largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" Monday, taking on the
    2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential
    election year.

    Paige's comments, made to the nation's governors at a private White House
    meeting, were denounced by union president Reg Weaver as well as prominent

    The education secretary's words were "pathetic and they are not a laughing
    matter," said Weaver, whose union has said it plans to sue the Bush
    administration over lack of funding for demands included in the "No Child Left
    Behind" schools law.

    Paige said later in an Associated Press interview that his comment was "a
    bad joke; it was an inappropriate choice of words." President Bush was not
    present at the time he made the remark.

    "As one who grew up on the receiving end of insensitive remarks, I should
    have chosen my words better," said Paige, the first black education secretary.

    He said he had made clear to the governors that he was referring to the
    Washington-based union organization, not the teachers it represents.

    "It's certainly not appropriate to use those kinds of comments for 2.7
    million members who are trying to do the best they can to make sure that all
    children have access to a quality education," he said.

    Weaver dismissed Paige's distinction between the union and its members. "We
    are the teachers, there is no distinction," he said.

    Paige's Education Department is working to enforce a law that amounts to the
    biggest change in federal education policy in a generation. He has made no
    attempt to hide his frustration with the NEA, a potential political force that
    has long supported Democratic presidential candidates.

    Democratic governors called the secretary's remark inappropriate.

    Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, put it in
    stronger terms, accusing Paige of resorting "to the most vile and disgusting
    form of hate speech, comparing those who teach America's children to

    Education has been a top issue for the governors, who have sought more
    flexibility from the administration on Bush's "No Child Left Behind" law, which
    seeks to improve school performance in part by allowing parents to move their
    children from poorly performing schools.

    Democrats have said Bush has failed to fully fund the law, giving the states
    greater burdens but not the resources to handle them. The union backs the
    intent of the law but says many of its provisions must be changed.

    Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, said Paige's remarks startled the
    governors, who met for nearly two hours with Bush and several Cabinet officials.

    "He is, I guess, very concerned about anybody that questions what the
    president is doing," Holden said.

    Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, said of Paige's comments: "Somebody
    asked him about the NEA's role and he offered his perspective on it."

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat, said the comments were made
    in the context of "we can't be supportive of the status quo and they're the
    status quo. But whatever the context, it is inappropriate -- I know he wasn't
    calling teachers terrorists -- but to ever suggest that the organization they
    belong to was a terrorist organization is uncalled for."

    When Bush welcomed the governors at the State Dining Room during brief
    public comments, he told them that rising political tensions of an election
    year won't stop him from working closely with them.

    "I fully understand it's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the
    quick tongue," Bush said. "But surely we can shuffle that aside sometimes and
    focus on our people."

    "We'll continue to work hard to help you. Because by helping our governors,
    we really help our people," he said.

    Bush spent much of the first half of his opening comments on foreign policy
    and the war on terrorism, defending his decision to go war in Iraq and thanking
    the governors for their work on homeland security.

    The president also defended his domestic policies, telling the governors
    that he strongly believed in his education law and that the tax cuts he
    championed were helping spur the economy.

    The governors are in Washington for four days of discussions at the annual
    meeting of the National Governors Association, though the usual effort to build
    consensus was marked by partisan politics that Democrats said couldn't be

    Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association,
    said that during the private meeting, Bush took only two questions, leaving
    little time for a full exploration of issues.

    "It would have been helpful for him to have heard the discussions about 'No
    Child Left Behind' because there may be a disconnect between what he thinks and
    what we know," Vilsack said.

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  • #2
    Since Bush decided not to fund NCLB, does that make him a terrorist?
    Damn these electric sex pants!

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    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!


    • #3
      See what you missed.
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      • #4
        Yes. Some very good comments in the first thread.


        • #5
          Repetitively redundant....

          "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
          Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
          -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy