Teacher unions step up to lead education reform

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel is featured on the front page of the Huffington Post’s Education section today, talking about NEA’s Priority Schools
Campaign and what educators are doing to improve schools and boost student achievement.

Van Roekel, an Arizona high school math teacher, wrote about Romulus Middle School in Detroit, summarizing what he learned about the school as he studied how educators there were working to improve it. Van Roekel said, “After countless grand policy initiatives, and decades of education reforms and gusts of innovation, here is the lesson I think we can draw: the only way to turn around struggling schools is to work together — by demanding concrete changes that make low student achievement totally unacceptable for any group of students.

“Done right, this approach can not only help students in so-called “failing” schools, but is a scalable strategy for fixing America’s troubled urban school systems. It’s hard work, and the transformation won’t happen overnight, but that’s all the more reason to get started as soon as possible.”

Read the entire blog post at Huffington Post’s Education section and comment on what Van Roekel has to say.

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