By Will Potter/photo by Kevin Locke/NEA
Vice President Joe Biden addressed thousands of educators at the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting today, and said that the “full-blown assault” they are experiencing would get much worse under the leadership of Governor Mitt Romney.
“My Dad used to say, ‘Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget,’” Biden told delegates. Governor Mitt Romney and Republican Congressional leadership “have shown us their budget,” Biden said, and it is about protecting the personal interests of the super rich rather than building an education system that helps all students succeed.
Biden said that when Romney and other Republicans accuse educators of being selfish, it reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the teaching profession.
He pointed to York, Pennsylvania, where educators could have received a pay increase under their contract. Instead, they voted to use their money to pay for kindergarten programs.