Union Bars Editor from Assembly

Published September 1, 2000

Despite two appeals, the Nation Education Association refused to issue Press Credentials to School Reform News Managing Editor George Clowes so he could report on the teacher union’s annual Representative Assembly in Chicago on July 3-6.

According to NEA spokesperson Kathleen Lyons, Clowes is “not eligible for press credentials under our rules”; School Reform News “does not meet our criteria”; and “we are forced to limit the numbers we are able to issue” because “the demand for press credentials increases each year.”

“We are limiting credentials to working journalists who are covering the event for legitimate news organizations,” wrote Lyons.

School Reform News contributing editor Mike Antonucci reports only two newspapers of any sort were represented on the opening day of the Assembly.