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NEA delegates defeated performance pay, derailing an attempt by leadership to soften the union's stance on the issue. The delegates' language for Resolution F-9 explicitly rejects all systems of compensation based on performance evaluations of education employees.  
Sen. Edward Kennedy received the NEA's annual Friend of Education Award. Delegates were informed that "every major education law passed since the 1960s has borne Kennedy's imprint," including Head Start, ESEA, Goals 2000 and the Class Size Reduction Act.  
Where were the Republicans? A convention observer told Education Reporter that the Republican booth, unlike most others, remained largely unmanned throughout the proceedings. When she attempted to take photos of the booth, she was stopped and questioned by floor personnel. A handout from the NEA Republican Educators' Caucus stated: "We do not support any form of legislation that would take public funds to support private schools. As advocates for children and our schools, we must let the public know that vouchers and private charter schools are not the 'quick fix' for changing education." 
NEA-PAC raised $1,036,332 at the convention, an average of more than $105 per delegate. (Source: Education Intelligence Agency.)  
Graduates of Pennsylvania's Drexel University receive master's degrees for online science program. Twelve of the 24 graduates of the unique degree program, billed as the nation's first online master of science program, met their classmates for the first time at commencement exercises in June. Online degree programs from accredited universities are becoming the wave of the future.  
Conservative school board candidates defeated in Kansas. Three candidates who voted to exclude evolution from state science test guidelines last year failed to win reelection in the August Republican primary. While the new guidelines actually increased schools' coverage of evolution, it was omitted from state competency test standards. A nationwide media frenzy ensued, with the board falsely accused of "banning" evolution. The new board members have pledged to reinstate evolution in the state standards.
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Students, Teachers
Fingerprinted in Maine
SKOWHEGAN, ME - About 900 K-6 students were fingerprinted and photographed before summer vacation, sponsored by the local Lions Club under the supervision of the police department. The fingerprinting kits were returned to parents, but some citizens fear that the students' prints, like those of teachers, will end up in a government database.

Fifty educators refused to be fingerprinted, and instead signed a "declaration of conscience." One teacher speculated that the purpose of the procedure was to "soften people up" for making such privacy-invading programs more commonplace.

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