NEA Convention 2014: Union Calls For Duncan’s Resignation

posted at 8:31 am on July 5, 2014 by Mike Antonucci

The National Education Association Representative Assembly in a close vote officially called for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This is an accomplishment of sorts, in that the delegates have been trying to get him to resign since 2009, but this is the first time the vote has been successful.

This particular item was introduced in a rather odd speech from California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel, who went on about leaders needing to take responsibility for what happens under their charge. Vogel asked rhetorically “Where does the buck stop?” and concluded “The guy at the top has got to go.” Apparently the buck stopped far from the guy at the top if Arne Duncan is the cause of all this angst.

No need to repeat myself on this issue. Check out my post from May 2013 on how NEA could have easily avoided Arne Duncan’s appointment in the first place.


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Did I miss something or why do they want rid of him? What’s wrong with him that a socialist oranization wouldn’t like?

crankyoldlady on July 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Get rid of the NEA and AFT. I just watched Waiting for Superman. What a worthless bunch of overpaid, lazy, entitled libturds.

conservative hispanic on July 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

What’s the matter, Common Core not working as planned?

HiJack on July 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

And I call for the end of any union that gets paid using US tax dollars.

CW on July 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

The implosion of The Obama Touch continues. Sheer delight.

hillsoftx on July 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I thought Arne was probably the highest appointed gay in ObamaLand. Get rid if him? “Good luck with that!”‘is true. That’s what you meant right?

Marcus on July 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

So, problems within the NEA will be resolved by getting rid of a government appointee?

The mindset exhibited here is very scary.

ButterflyDragon on July 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

He’s 5.5 years into his tenure as Bammy’s rainbowed DoEd chief.

Hating to quote the Cankled One but: at this point, what difference does it make?

Toocon on July 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Isn’t Arne the guy who looked the other way when a teacher raped a student?

rbj on July 5, 2014 at 9:18 AM

The whole department of education needs to go, not just the secretary.

This is what flushing $100B down the toilet sounds like.

SupplyGuy on July 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The implosion of The Obama Touch continues. Sheer delight.
hillsoftx on July 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM
It does seem to be that way he is the kiss of death even to Dems,progressives.

sorrowen on July 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I’m sorry, but what is it the NEA wants the head of this bureaucratic behemoth to do?

Impose compulsory union dues collection in Wisconsin? Force Texas and Louisiana to accept Common-ly Core-upt?

Is the guy not statist enough to suit the NEA?

Dolce Far Niente on July 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Arne Duncan. Is he not everything an educational body could ever want?

http://illinoisfamily.org/education/activist-arne-duncans-latest-outrage/

Maybe he was too slow to push a beastiality agenda?

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

teachers unions and public employee unions…Ponzi scheme for democrats with those union dues….places of power, greed and slothfulness…..the people at the top care only about feathering their own nests…

crosshugger on July 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

They got pictures:

A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday’s controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.

Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian’s redevelopment agency, says he delivered “hundreds or even thousands,” of blacks to the polls after being offered money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. “They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad.”

It is illegal under several provisions of Mississippi law and federal law for campaign officials to bribe voters with cash and punishable up to five years in jail. (MS Code 97-13-1; MS Code 97-13-3 (2013) (Federal Code 18 U.S.C. 597, U.S.C. 1973i(c)) Voter fraud schemes are not unusual for Mississippi. In 1999 Mississippi’s attorney general reported massive voter fraud allegations throughout the Magnolia state. In 2011, a Mississippi NAACP leader was sent to prison for voter fraud, according to the Daily Caller.

It would seem that laws were broken here, too. At the direction of the Cochran campaign, Reverend Fielder went “door to door, different places, mostly impoverished neighborhoods, to the housing authorities and stuff like that,” telling fellow blacks that McDaniel was a racist and promising them $15 per vote. “They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder says.

Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15-per-vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.

“They said they needed black votes,” said the Reverend Fielder on the phone. He says Baird told him to “give the fifteen dollars in each envelope to people as they go in and vote. You know, not right outside of the polling place but he would actually recruit people with the $15 dollars and they would go in and vote.” Fielder said he received thousands of dollars in envelopes from Baird and distributed them accordingly. Fielder also says he went to the campaign office on another occasion to pick up $300 in cash and was among a room full of people who were doing the same thing he was.

Fielder said that Saleem Baird was doing the same thing with people all over the state. Fielder believes that the racism charge against McDaniel and the promise of $15 a vote motivated ‘thousands’ of black Democrats like him to vote for Cochran in the runoff. When asked if Fielder would have been more suspicious of Baird’s promises had he been white, Fielder replied, “Yes, definitely.”

For his efforts, Fielder says the Cochran campaign and Baird promised him $16,000 for paying black voters $15 a vote, but Baird wound up stiffing him. Baird even asked him to delete all texts between the two of them. In addition to Baird, Fielder says he spoke with Kirk Sims, the Cochran campaign manager, and a woman named “Amanda” with the campaign, most likely Amanda Shook, director of operations to re-elect Thad Cochran. All refused to pay him the agreed upon amount of $16,000.

http://gotnews.com/

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Absurd. Subjects do not demand that Royalty relinquish their positions; they are Royalty, placed there by the will of the Supreme Being. In this case, Supreme Leader Barack (Allah’s Praise be unto His name).

orangemtl on July 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

More popcorn!

GarandFan on July 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Teachers’ unions have reduced public education to little more than a life-support system for unions and their members, and a cash cow for the Dem party.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

This particular item was introduced in a rather odd speech from California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel,

…’California’…’rather odd’?…don’t those two…usually go together?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM

It appears that the above story from gotnews.com is the only page on their site. They paid Fielder, the black “minister,” for the story, and a Charles C. Johnson has an account at gofundme.com.

A brand new “news” website and a “minister” who can be bought?

They have screen shots of alleged emails Fielder claims to be from the people who promised to pay him and a recorded interview.

I originally found the story on wnd.com who got the story from westernjournalism.com who got the story from gotnews.com.

Fielder is a Democrat but said he has voted for Republicans in the past. And though Fielder is being paid for his story by Got News, he says he’d come forward anyway. “I thought what I did was wrong.” Fielder said he was motivated mostly by concerns that McDaniel was a racist, not money. [Yeah, right.]

Got News–which will provide additional stories in the coming days–is made possible by donations from individuals like you. Please consider supporting our independent journalism. http://www.gofundme.com/charlescjohnsonresearch

Awaiting further developments.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Now you’ve done it. The Mississippi runoff election has been officially embargoed by the RINO media – FNC, the Drudge Report and Salem Communications.

bw222 on July 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

What is the beef with Arne? No one says why. I have my own problems with him, but I find it pretty amazing that the NEA thinks it is a problem.

BetseyRoss on July 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Couldn’t have happened to a nastier guy. When Obama appointed a pervert over “education,” I didn’t think the administration could sink any lower. But alas, it went way lower.

jazzuscounty on July 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Old Arne-boy is really one of their own, but the NEA is furious that they are being asked to have to “prove” via testing scores that they are actually doing their jobs. That is a bridge too far.

1nolibgal on July 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I thought Arne was probably the highest appointed gay in ObamaLand. Get rid if him? “Good luck with that!”‘is true. That’s what you meant right?

Marcus on July 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I thought Obama was the highest appointed gay in Obamaland…

Kevin71 on July 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

What’s obama doing to Duncan in that pic?

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Checking for testicular tumors?

Yeah, had my annual checkup last month.

slickwillie2001 on July 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

NEA: The best argue met for private schools.

He’s a Queer from my understanding. Does that not make him some type of Libtard saint who can do no wrong?

Bubba Redneck on July 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel, who went on about leaders needing to take responsibility for what happens under their charge. Vogel asked rhetorically “Where does the buck stop?” and concluded “The guy at the top has got to go.” Apparently the buck stopped far from the guy at the top if Arne Duncan is the cause of all this angst.

Translation: I wanted to get blown but he didn’t blow me.

Bubba Redneck on July 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

What a hoot, the NEA vs Duncan!?! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! As one of the commenters said, the NEA’s one of the best arguments for private schools (& I’d add homeschooling). But truth & reality is lost on mentally incompetent, ignorant, deranged, bigoted, lawless, fascist NEA & union types).

russedav on July 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Does the NEA think it’s any more influential than those who want to get rid of Dem Holder, Dem Reid, Dem Pelosi, Dem SCOTUS, etc. – nah, nothing will happen.

NEA is so far from holding teachers accountable and teaching content it’s a wonder they actually unified (sort of) on this issue.

MN J on July 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I’m sorry, but what is it the NEA wants the head of this bureaucratic behemoth to do?

Impose compulsory union dues collection in Wisconsin? Force Texas and Louisiana to accept Common-ly Core-upt?

Is the guy not statist enough to suit the NEA?

Dolce Far Niente on July 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

His mother saw a need that the public schools did not fulfill and tackled it herself. I wonder if he is for charter schools and vouchers based on his mother’s work:

When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was testifying at his confirmation hearing in 2009, he discussed his mother’s longtime work as the operator of an after-school children’s tutoring program serving mostly poor, African-American students on the South Side of Chicago.

“What compelled my mother to take her three young children into this community every single day?” the nominee said of Sue Duncan, who “did this work every single day simply because this work was so important. Because this work was bigger than all of us…”

We meet many of her students, including those now in young adulthood, who say she could sometimes be mean and had lots of rules.

“Sue’s Rules,” says one student, included keeping shirts tucked in and shoes tied, not scratching one’s head, and looking people in the eye.

Fallon on July 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Are some of you confusing Arne Duncan with Kevin Jennings?

Another target for conservatives was Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, who was named to oversee the Education Department’s Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. More than 50 House Republicans asked Obama to remove Jennings from the post after reports surfaced about advice he gave more than 20 years earlier after learning a gay student had sex with an older man.

Jennings conceded that he should have consulted medical or legal authorities instead of telling the 16-year-old boy that he hoped he had used a condom. The Obama administration defended Jennings and declined to remove him.

Fallon on July 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Awaiting further developments.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

You are still on the wrong thread!

Nana on July 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Teachers’ unions have reduced public education to little more than a life-support system for unions and their members, and a cash cow for the Dem party.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Do you think those kids indoctrinate themselves?

Tard on July 6, 2014 at 12:47 AM

We have a black President, a gay Education Secretary, a black AG, a black DHS secretary, formerly a female Secy of State, what else? The Untouchables. Any criticism is racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. All part of the construct. And the vaunted media protects them all.

eaglesdontflock on July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM