October 10, 1984

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For the National Education Association to endorse the Mondale-Ferraro ticket may be politically expedient--indeed it probably is--but, at least in the eyes of this retired schoolteacher, it is unprofessional and improper. Without secret-ballot votes, it seems to me that no union is justified in coming out on behalf of its membership for particular candidates; indeed, after such a vote, support for each candidate should be announced in percentage terms. But the nea compounds the general impropriety. The nature of its membership dictates--or should dictate--that as a union it leave elective politics alone.
As the great debate over how to improve American education continues, educators are aware that most of the recommendations for reform will cost money--probably more money than is now available for public schools.
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