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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Dennis Van Roekel
Results of a key international assessment of 15-year-old students around the world show no improvement for the U.S.
The House of Representatives has advanced its latest attempt to replace the unpopular, 12-year-old No Child Left Behind law, but deep divisions in Congress and in the education community mean comprehensive school reform almost surely will be put on hold once again.
The job satisfaction of teachers has plummeted to its lowest level in a quarter-century as shrinking school-district budgets take a toll on the psyche of American educators, a major study shows.
The nation's leading teachers unions Thursday slammed the idea of arming more teachers, a proposal floated in the wake of last week's Sandy Hook school shooting by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and others and already in place in some Texas schools.
The debate continues over whether teachers and other school personnel should have access to guns in an emergency, but the nation's two biggest teachers unions warned Thursday that would be a disastrous idea that sends the wrong message to children.
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the largest teachers union, the National Education Association, failed fifth-grade math last week. The question he failed is: If X (government spending) is growing faster than A (government tax revenue) plus B (new revenue from higher tax rates on "the rich"), when will A plus B equal X?
President Obama on Saturday said school districts around the country could begin rehiring the more than 300,000 teachers and other education workers who have lost jobs since 2009 if congressional Republicans would pass his stalled jobs bill.
The nation's largest coal miners union has yet to make an endorsement for the upcoming presidential election after giving President Obama its full and early support four years ago -- hinting it may sit out the race.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker won his recall election, but he may have a tougher time getting things through the Wisconsin Legislature after Democrats appear to have successfully recalled a Republican state senator, which would flip the balance of power in the state.
"To many teachers, career has failed" (Page 1, Tuesday) is a timely and well-written article about a topic that should be revisited every year for decades to come. The writer quotes valid statistics and arguments, but he fails to really get to the problems that have the most impact on teachers. Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association quotes the same old facts; some are valid, while others are just political pabulum.
Students aren't the only ones who hate going to school.
Performance, not seniority, would play the primary role in whether teachers keep their jobs under a broad reform plan released by the National Education Association last week.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration is preparing to be the county's role model for early-childhood education through programs for children as young as 6 months.
The National Education Association has responded to a D.C. proposal to give city teachers a bonus to transfer to underachieving schools by saying money is not what motivates great educators.
They invest in early childhood education, said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel in a written statement.
"Development of these standards was not driven by the federal government, but by the states," wrote Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. "Governors on both sides of the aisle, the business community, and most importantly educators, came together to ensure one thing: that students learn what they need to live a successful life in a 21st century global economy."