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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Rod Paige's So-Called Apology

By now you all know Rod Paige called the NEA a "terrorist organization" yesterday. TBogg points to what is being called an apology by the education secretary, but for some reason it strikes me as lacking in sincerity.

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today issued the following apology for his remarks about the NEA.

"It was an inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA's Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind's historic education reforms. I also said, as I have repeatedly, that our nation's teachers, who have dedicated their lives to service in the classroom, are the real soldiers of democracy, whereas the NEA's high-priced Washington lobbyists have made no secret that they will fight against bringing real, rock-solid improvements in the way we educate all our children regardless of skin color, accent or where they live. But, as one who grew up on the receiving end of insensitive remarks, I should have chosen my words better."

Think there still might be a little friction between the NEA and Paige that lingers, despite these words of conciliation?