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ERIC Number: EJ817751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-29
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Unions Battle for Democrats in Swing States
Honawar, Vaishali
Education Week, v28 n10 p1, 14-15 Oct 2008
Teachers' unions around the country have shifted into high gear in the countdown to the presidential election next week, and nowhere is the fervor more evident than in the battleground states. In Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, affiliates of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have been campaigning with every tool at their disposal, including newsletters, fliers, postcards, and volunteers to reach out to more than 4 million members and their families. The two national unions, which have both endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, have raised and spent large sums of money on this election, including on radio advertisements in those areas being closely contested by their candidate and Republican nominee John McCain. The unions' unequivocal support for Senator Obama comes despite the fact that he does not see eye to eye with them on some core issues. His support for teacher performance pay and charter schools, for instance, has not been greeted enthusiastically by the unions. Some leaders of state affiliates that have struggled with such issues as charter schools say, however, that they believe they can work out their differences if Obama is elected.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; New Hampshire; New Mexico; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin