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Democrats Running for President Reject Using Test Scores To Pay Teachers

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Candidates Continue To Call for Major Changes to ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON — Democrats running for President reject any mandatory pay-for-performance schemes as part of the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The candidates also reject any plan to tie teacher pay to student test scores. The candidates stated their opposition to merit pay during a nationally televised debate in Des Moines, Iowa, where they also called for universal pre-school and an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.

NEA President Reg Weaver believes the Democratic candidates for president show they understand what it takes to create great public schools for every child. The following statement can be attributed to Weaver:

“The Democratic Presidential candidates have the right instincts on merit pay. Pay for performance — so-called merit pay — undermines the collegial relationship among teachers, and there is no scientific evidence to show that merit pay plans improve student academic achievement.

“The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association hope the positions of the candidates are heard loud and clear by their party’s Congressional leadership.

“Democratic leaders in the US House of Representatives have said publicly that they intend to include pay for performance as an element of a reauthorized No Child Left Behind Act. NEA will oppose any legislative proposal that mandates implementation of a pay for performance plan.

“Teachers are underpaid, and NEA believes America should establish a minimum pay for public school teachers of $40,000, reward teachers who become nationally board certified, and provide additional pay to educators who teach in high poverty schools.”

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New York Mayor’s Control Of Schools Could End

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lawmakers and interest groups are crafting plans to weaken or end mayoral control of the city’s public schools once Mayor Bloomberg leaves office as voter support for shared power grows.

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NEA 12 Step Dropout Crisis Plan

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What can educators, parents, and the community can do to solve the national high school dropout crisis?

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What’s Next for Public Education?

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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Gary Orfield & Susan Eaton

The Civil Rights Project, Harvard University After years of progress following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate public schools, segregation rates in our schools have been rising across the country. Incredibly enough, the Bush Administration is asking the Supreme Court this year to forbid school districts to take voluntary action to foster desegregation.

Why should we care? For one thing, desegregated schooling has clear educational benefits—reduced prejudice, improved cross-racial cooperation, increased life chances for African-American students, and in some cases, higher achievement, especially among younger children. Despite it not being a priority of our elected leaders, teachers can play a vital role in promoting desegregation. If they are lucky enough to teach in diverse classrooms, they can engage students in discussions about race and inequality and speak publicly about the benefits of racial diversity. Teachers must be leaders in the struggle for an integrated society. The future of a healthy multiracial society is at stake.

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