Behind the Headline: In Keynote, NEA President Garcia Strikes Populist Tone

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Teacher of the Year to Union President
Summer 2014 | Education Next

The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today. As summarized by Stephen Sawchuk

It was the most populist speech we’ve seen in years at this assembly, emphasizing not programs and prescriptions from the national union, but rather, the collective power that being in a union confers. Her speech focused both on unionization empowering educators to improve schools, and how the NEA collectively helped to give birth to Head Start, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and a host of other education legislation.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia was profiled by Richard Colvin in the Summer 2014 issue of Education Next just before she took office.

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Speak Up! Change the World! Ruin your Career!

By 07/02/2015 0 Comments

Bad ideas are preserved when current experts are afraid to fall out of favor with their colleagues and ambitious, budding experts are afraid to be rejected by the establishment so nobody speaks up.

ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.

Behind the Headline: New Fund Aims to Grow Quality Private Schools

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A small group of philanthropists and investors are founding a new philanthropic venture known as the Drexel Fund aimed at creating new high-quality private schools for 50,000 low- and middle-income students over the next decade.

Real Autonomy, Real Accountability: Pacts Americana

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Can the performance-contract approach of chartering be used to re-envision ESEA?

Change Education To Attack Technology-Driven Unemployment

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As technology transforms society in the years ahead, it’s critical that our education system keeps pace.

4 Things North Carolina Can Teach Us About the Market for New Teachers

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North Carolina has a new “Educator Quality Dashboard” with some fascinating data on teacher preparation in the state.

Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Case on Public Sector Union Fees

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The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

RIP, Marva Collins

Marva Collins put her own money and reputation on the line to prove that poor minority kids could succeed just fine if given the right kinds of expectations, encouragement, and instruction.

Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

By 06/29/2015 0 Comments

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.

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