Teachers Divide on Dold, Schneider

IFTA endorses Schneider while Dold gets nod from IEA.

Illinois’s two major teachers’ unions split endorsements this week in the with and his Democratic opponent, , each getting one.

Schneider got the backing Thursday of the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) while the Illinois Education Association (IEA) announced support for Dold Tuesday. Both unions of approximately equal size made their pick based on the candidates’ stance on the issues.

The IEA has been happy with Dold’s record on education issues, according to union Government Relations Consultant Sean Denny. Denny was in the endorsement session where both Schneider and Dold spoke and answered questions.

“Congressman Dold has done a very, very good job of showing his support of the education community,” Denny said. “He has been open, honest and sincere with the IEA and we feel comfortable with him representing our interests in Washington.”

A key issue for the IEA is . “Rep. Dold has been very active promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in this district,” IEA resident Cinda Klickna said.

Schneider, an engineer by education, has said on several occasions he supports STEM learning as well.

When asked if his organization had any concerns with Schneider after endorsing an opponent twice, Denny had a one word answer. “No,” he said.

The IFT also listened to both Dold and Schneider, asked questions of each and came away liking best what it heard from the Democratic challenger, according to Communications Direct Dave Comerford.

“He (Schneider) takes a look at the entire scope of it (education),” Comerford said. “Schneider believes the key to education is giving the teachers the resources to build up the students. He understands the issues pertaining to education.”

The IFT has no quarrel with Dold, according to Comerford. The group prefers Schneider. “This group feels Brad Schneider is the best candidate.”

The IEA has approximately 130,000 members in Illinois and 6,268 in the 10th District, according to Denny. The IFT also has just in excess of 130,000 members in the state and slightly more than 5,000 in the district, according to Comerford.

John Russillo July 29, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Yes I think you should put that on a campaign sign or something.
RationalTht July 29, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Ah, so you are happy the Democrats took the will of the voters during the prior election and just tossed it in the garbage. Figures. Wrong in TX, and worse here. But I guess since the Democrats did it, it is OK with the likes of you.
Tom B. July 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
First off, who cares that a Democrat got a teacher's union endorsement? That is not news. Secondly, the IFT office is in the same building as the AFL-CIO in Lincolnshire. They are about as partisan of an organization as one could find. Dold getting the IEA endorsement is news. It shows he is a moderate and has worked on issues of importance to his constituents and has not been partisan. This reporter is in the tank for the Democrats and Schneider
Tom B. July 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Scott, the District was D+6 last time. It's D+8 now. Based on what you just said, Seals should have won the district with 52.7% of the vote in 2006, 2008, and 2010. But guess what, he didn't.
dold's supporter July 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This is why Dold deserves our votes and admiration: http://northbrook.patch.com/blog_posts/congressman-robert-dold-il-10th-district-is-smart


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