Why the Carnival Barkers of Factory School Reform Have a Megaphone

As people who believe in the mission of public education – that every community in every ZIP code must have a quality public school that gives every student a quality opportunity to learn – we stand in a dangerous place: Between a profiteer and his profits. But we do not stand alone. More…

Our Golden Opportunity

Many of you know what our students have had to endure regarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Far from the origins of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was designed to help close the resource gap between schools in affluent communities and schools in communities of poverty More…

Gates Keepers

Outside funders don’t drive our mission. We drive funders to our members and their ideas, projects, and solutions that help their students prepare for the lives they want to live. NEA does not directly take funds from the Gates Foundation. More…

TIME to Beat up Teachers

A fabulous friend recently said to me, “I’m just so tired of the new national pastime – Beat up a Teacher.” She had seen the nasty cover of Time with a court gavel about to smash an apple (a good one by the way). She had seen the title she knew was a lie: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. But I think what pushed her over the edge was the subheading: A group of Silicon Valley investors wants to change that. More…

My Mom Is Looking for these Guys

I don’t think Mom has ever missed an election. My mother would consider it una vergüenza – a shameful thing – to not vote when there are so many immigrants who love this country and dream about someday becoming citizens and being given that incredible responsibility. More…