Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA president

Come With Me. There’s a revolution to organize

I’ve been doing this blog for some time, but never as president of the National Education Association. There are many “firsts” in this new title: · First woman president of the NEA in 25 years. · First Latina president of the NEA. · First president of an All-Woman/All People of Color executive team

Name Games with ESEA Reauthorization

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another bad bill with a good name.  We all remember the last time.  No Child Left Behind.  Good name. But angelic names always hide their devils in the details, and what we’ve come to know as No Child Left Untested has devastated students, demoralized teachers, and marginalized More…

An International Diane Ravitch Moment?

For more than ten long, empty, intellectually dry and dishonest years, we’ve lived under the insanity of No Child Left Untested. (Someone told me not to be so negative. Trust me. I’m holding back.) Children, especially poor children, have been subjected to a corporate “reform” mentality of pass/fail by making their quota of test score points on some standardized garbage never designed to gauge anything more delicately complex than a child’s understanding of where the comma goes. More…

Fighting for Public Ed @ Netroots

How can progressives successfully challenge the powerful forces behind misguided school reform efforts? How can activists use the blogosphere to move public education policies toward a more progressive agenda? More…

State of the Hopeful Union

My friend said to me, “I missed  the President’s speech. What’d he say? Give me hope.” Ok. He talked a lot about jobs. She said, “Jobs? Give me hope about schools!” I reminded her that he gave us a down-payment on his promise to make education a priority by not only including jobs protection in More…

Tiny Bubbles

They’re the kids who didn’t quite hit the cut score on the No Child Left tests the previous year. Or those that just barely hit it. The goal was to get off the Adequate Yearly Progress Shame List where her school had been placed because not enough of their students had hit the cut score More…