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July 06, 2010

Ravitch Speaks to NEA Choir

Education historian and advocate Diane Ravitch, the author of the bestseller The Life and Death of the Great American School System, came to the RA today to collect her "Friend of the NEA" award. She got a standing ovation after her speech panning the No Child Left Behind Act, the Race to the Top, c...

July 06, 2010

Delegates Toss Arne Duncan Recall Resolution

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has come in for quite a bit of criticism at this year's National Education Association Representative Assembly. But the NEA delegates moved swiftly to table New Business Item 44, which would have encouraged President Obama to replace Duncan with "a person who ...

July 06, 2010

Highlights, So Far, From NEA 2010 RA

Just joining us this Monday morning for the 2010 National Education Association Representative Assembly? You've got some catching up to do, because Teacher Beat's been blogging all weekend. NEA Delegates Vote 'No Confidence' in Race to the Top: The item passed, but not every delegate wanted it to....

July 05, 2010

Maryland's O'Malley Wins 'Greatest Education Governor' Award

The National Education Association gave its annual "America's Greatest Education Governor Award" this year to Maryland's Martin O'Malley. As governor, he's overseen record increases in K-12 education spending, the provision of school-construction funds, and the creation of an independent labor boa...

July 05, 2010

ESEA Committee Chair Calls For Delegate Advocacy

Christy Levings, the chair of the National Education Association's ESEA Advisory Committee, gave union members an update today on the NEA's progress in advancing changes to the law, currently known as No Child Left Behind. Her presentation was notable more for calling on the delegates to the NEA's ...

July 04, 2010

NEA's 4th of July: Red, White, Blue ... and Green

The National Education Association is quietly turning green. For easy recycling, the representative assembly's internal newspaper, RA Today, is devoid of color and pictures and news stories this year: It prints just the resolutions. And delegates can access it through electronic channels rather th...

July 04, 2010

NEA's Delegates Vote 'No Confidence' in Race to the Top

NEA delegates approved a resolution in which the union takes a position of 'no confidence' in the Race to the Top and other U.S. Department of Education plans.

July 03, 2010

How Much Does Good Press Cost?

That issue was essentially at the heart of quite a bit of protracted debate on New Business Item 1. The original resolution would have directed the National Education Association to prepare and launch a major public relations strategy to "revive public confidence" in public schools. Major media buy...

July 03, 2010

Van Roekel Calls For 'Commission on Effective Teaching'

Dennis Van Roekel's Keynote, take two! Near the end of his keynote address to the National Education Association Representative Assembly, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel called for the creation of a new commission—to be called the Commission on Effective Teaching—that would address "que...

July 03, 2010

Van Roekel's Keynote Dodges the Obama Question

The NEA president's keynote address is always the highlight of the first day of the National Education Association's Representative Assembly. This year's has got to have been a particularly difficult one to put together. A lot of delegates clearly have an ax to grind with Barack Obama, and NEA Pre...

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