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NEA wants Duncan's resignation



The nation’s largest teachers’ union wants Education Secretary Arne Duncan to quit.

Delegates of the National Education Association adopted a business item July 4 at its annual convention in Denver that called for his resignation. The vote underscores the long-standing tension between the Obama administration and teachers’ unions — historically a steadfast Democratic ally.

A tipping point for some members was Duncan’s statement last month in support of a California judge’s ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. In harsh wording, the judge said such laws harm particularly low-income students by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire.

Even before that, teachers’ unions have clashed with the administration over other issues ranging from its support of charter schools to its push to use student test scores as part of evaluating teachers.

The vote is a “venting of frustration of too many things that are wrong,” said Dennis Van Roekel, the outgoing president of NEA. He said it wasn’t directed at Duncan personally, but was about teachers wanting what is best for students.

This is a big deal. Duncan took a bold stance against both the State of California and a number of teachers’ unions with his statement supporting that ruling. Now he’s lost their support entirely.

But Duncan has nothing to lose, really, because he’s appointed and Obama has two years left in his term.  It’s the next president who is going to be under the microscope for how s/he handles education reform.

I had heard that Linda Darling-Hammond had been a possibility for Ed Sec. She would have been a far better choice.

(Source: yahoonews)

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    Taking away tenure from teachers by blaming them for failing schools is bullshit. He should resign, he’s horrible at his...
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    I was there at the NEA/RA
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    Oh I can agree with the NEA for once!
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    I had heard that Linda Darling-Hammond had been a possibility for Ed Sec. She would have been a far better choice.
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    I never fucking liked him and I am young enough to have actually had him as superintendent while I was in school here in...
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