Teachers' Union Meeting Focuses on Accountability

TAMPA -

The head of the country's largest education union said Sunday that teachers welcome the accountability and will demand the same from Congress when the measure comes up for renewal next year.

About 9,000 delegates have gathered in Orlando for the annual National Education Association meeting.

The NEA's president said the union will intensify efforts to get Congress to increase education spending and loosen rigid guidelines that threaten teachers' jobs, even if only some of their students fail.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that NEA president Reg Weaver said 'Accountability is not a one-way street. You can't hold us accountable for environs over which we have no control.'

The union is offering its members talking points so they can begin rallying support for change as Congress reconsiders the No Child Left Behind Act next year.

Delegates are set to vote on a new lobbying strategy tomorrow.

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