Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Teachers Are Still Leading NBPTS « Diane Ravitch's blog

Teachers Are Still Leading NBPTS « Diane Ravitch's blog:

Teachers Are Still Leading NBPTS

A reader writes to set the record straight:
My comments are simply to state facts and correct the misconceptions in the responses.I was a founding member of the National Board in 1987–a classroom special education teacher from Michigan. (Yes, serving with 62 other board members like Deborah Meier, Al Shanker and Mary Futrell but mostly, a majority of teachers) In 1990, I joined the National Board as staff–the first teacher hired by the start up organization. I worked as a Vice President for the organization until 2000 and witness the launch and continual evolution of National Board Certification. In 2010, I was re-elected to the NBPTS board of directors and serve now.The NBPTS by-laws state the the board is a teacher led board, and I serve with the most amazing NBCTs in 

A Slight Correction to the Duncan Interview

A reader writes to offer some corrections of a minor sort to the interview with Secretary Duncan:
When I was in high school in the South Side of Chicago, my friends could drop out and get a decent job in the stockyards or steel mills, and own their own home and support a family.”For the sake of accuracy, I would like to point out that the stockyards in Chicago were closed in 1971, just before Duncan turned 7 years old. Also, by the time he was in high school, the US Steel Southworks plant was actively slashing jobs and had already cut it’s employees by half. So, actually, even when I was in high school in the late 60s, it was apparent that neither of these employers would be providing lasting careers.Also, while Duncan seems to want people to think he’s a South Sider from the hood, very 

Jindal Administration Will Not Release Voucher Records

The Jindal administration will not release any public records explaining its decisions about which schools will get vouchers and which will not.
Considering that the voucher program has made the state of Louisiana into an international laughing stock, that might be the best they can do.
Best not to let the world hear or read those discussions about whether to let children leave a failing public school