national education association
National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3.2 million members work at every level of education-from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
George Soros has contributed $5 million to the group Health Care For America Now (healthcareforamericanow.org) so that they can push Obamacare. That's dwarfed by the $35 million he's giving to help/"help" children in New York (in partnership with the federal government, ). As discussed here, HCAN is considered a bit on the wimpy side by the far-left, such as Jane Hamsher. That's despite HCAN including some true "liberal" stalwarts. Their steering committee includes the following:
* AFL CIO
* American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
* Campaign for Americas Future
* Center for American Progress Action Fund
* Campaign for Community Change (part of Center for Community Change)
* National Council of La Raza
* National Education Association
* Service Employees International Union
* United Food and Commercial Workers(UFCW)
Other members include: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Abortion Federation (abortion doctors association), National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Brave New Films, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Gamaliel, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Rock the Vote, USPIRG, MDI Imported Car Service of Maine (?!?), and the YWCA.
 By giving the state of New York $35 million, Soros will trigger matching federal funds - from the stimulus - of $140 million (link):
Soros' gift and the matching government funds will provide 850,000 children currently receiving public assistance and food stamps in New York State with $200 each for back-to-school supplies and other necessities... Soros emphasized the need to give the children a grant with "no strings attached," even if it does not guarantee the money is used as intended.
Probably only a small portion will go towards back-to-school supplies.
The Associated Press informs us (link) that the private company kidthing.com (background here) - in conjunction with the National Education Association - has compiled a free e-Book (to be released Monday) containing 150 letters from children to our leader Barack Obama:
End war, forever. Make the planet greener. Please help my dad find work. Make it rain candy! ..."I hope that we will have no war ever again. I mean why are we fighting why can't we all be friends." ..."I would appreciate it if you would try to make this a greener planet and try to bring home the troops and end the war... I am very luckey because I am not part of a military family, but it saddens me to hear about all the people who die in Iraque and know that somewhere In the world people are greiving over a lost family member."
Whether the last was indeed written by a 10-year-old or by her "liberal" parents isn't known; the misspellings don't necessarily indicate it had to come from a child. Noting other similiarities between the letters from children and the thoughts of MoveOn members might left as an exercise, but overall I'd suggest not giving kidthing the attention they crave.