How do you make sure you don’t get lost in a crowd of 9,000 delegates? Wear your state-delegation T-shirt.
It’s become something of a tradition for each state delegation to wear specially designed shirts over the course of the Representative Assembly, especially on the first day. Some affiliates opt for a political design: This year, the California Teachers Association’s shirt says “NCLB: Erase, rewrite, reauthorize” on the front and “Learning is more than a test score ... and so is teaching” on the back.
The fun-loving Ohio Education Association picked bright Hawaiian-style shirts. (Given the design, at first I thought “OEA” stood for “Oahu Education Association,” and a woman I chatted with said the initials are frequently confused with the Oklahoma and Oregon affiliations.)
Another delegation picked dark-blue collared shirts, which not everyone was happy with. “We look like bus drivers,” joked one woman in the elevator.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.