Monday, September 01, 2008

NEA praises Palin

Note: Post has been updated below.

National Education Association President, Reg Weaver, had some nice things to say about Palin.

"While she is only in her second year as Alaska’s governor, she has thus far shown herself to be a supporter of children and public education. She comes from a family of educators. Her father was a teacher, her brother is a teacher, and her mother was an education support professional. In her less than two years as the state’s chief executive officer, she was able to increase per-pupil education spending, and she is opposed to sending public money to support private schools through political schemes like vouchers.Her selection, however, has certainly taken the issue of experience off the table for political debate."
Take it for what it's worth; but for many women teachers, who are working mothers, this might give them a reason to look at McCain/Palin when they might not otherwise.

Palin is the mother of five children. The Palin's plan on teaching their high school daughter at home using the state-funded IDEA program.
"To participate in our homeschool program, at least one parent/guardian must be in the home actively engaged in the education of the children."
That will likely be her husband, Todd. He took a leave of absence from a petroleum company when she became governor to avoid "potential conflicts of interest" and "make more time for the family."

Whatever you think about Palin, her announcement has made this race very interesting and very tight.

Update: Palin has just announced that their daughter, Bristol, is pregnant. This discredits some false allegations from the weekend and perhaps explains Palin's decision to homeschool.

Mrs. Palin and her husband Todd said in a statement:
"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realise very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family."
Good for them. I'm proud of the Palins and their daughter, Bristol, for choosing life and accepting their unborn baby as a blessing not a "punishment." "
Look, I got two daughters - 9 years old and 6 years old,” [Obama] said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.
The contrast couldn't get any more clear.

In my neighborhood the first sign went up - for McCain. This wouldn't necessarily be news except that this family has never had a Republican sign in their yard before; but they have had a plenty of Democrat signs, including one for Kerry/Edwards four years ago. Anecdotal evidence that something has definitely changed in this election.

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