NEA: O'Malley 'Greatest Education Governor'
The National Education Association, the union representing 3.2 million teachers across the nation, will give Martin O'Malley its "America's Greatest Education Governor" award at its conference in New Orleans on July 5, Baltimore Sun education Liz Bowie reports.
The NEA praises O'Malley, a Democrat, for leaving education out of the budget cuts and for helping to close the achievement gap. A press release on the NEA website says that the annual award is given to governors who have made major, statewide efforts to improve public education.
Interestingly, local union leaders in many Maryland counties have been less than enthusiastic about the education reform bills that O'Malley introduced and helped get passed during last winter's Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland State Education Association has endorsed the governor.
A campaign spokesman for Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., O'Malley's likely opponent in the fall, said "Martin O'Malley can have the union. Bob Ehrlich cares about the students, parents and teachers."