Obama Bucks Party Line on Education

Obama believes student performance on statewide standardized tests cannot be used to evaluate teacher performance because the assessments used in most states are not, in Obama's view, designed to reflect a teacher's impact.

New Hampshire NEA, which has already met with Obama's top rivals, is nearing the end of its endorsement process.

After hearing from Obama on Nov. 26, the government relations committee will meet on Nov. 28 to decide on whether to make an endorsement. Two days later, on Nov. 30, the executive board of N.E.A. New Hampshire will take up the advice of its government relations committee.

"The key to all of this is collective bargaining," said N.E.A.'s Wesolowski. "If the teachers have agreed to this in a collective bargaining agreement and it is done with their full input, we would be for it."

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