The Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, which endorsed David Briley before the Aug. 2 election, has now switched to Karl Dean for the runoff. Bob Clement, crafty as ever, put out a press release just before the announcement to urge the MNEA to take a vote of its entire membership, the implication being—whether true or not—that most teachers favor Clement.
"Many Metro teachers are actively supporting me for mayor," Clement said. "I do not think the endorsement by the handful of people on MNEA's political committee accurately represents the feelings of most Metro teachers. As a former college president, I am determined to have a hands on role in reforming our schools and making sure taxpayers get their money's worth. Most teachers support my plans for more discipline in our schools and a return to more career and technical education."
Here's what Dean said: "I am honored to receive the support of Metro teachers. Over the course of this campaign, I have made it clear my top priority is improving our public schools. Nashville needs to have schools that are competitive with the school systems in our surrounding counties. I want families to not only work in Nashville but to live here, as well. Our great teachers need to be given the support they need to help make this happen."