Teachers bring giant postcard protest to Pelosi
California Teachers Association Vice President Dean Vogel voices
a concern shared by teachers that the reauthorization of standardized
testing under the No Child Left Behind act is not helpful to students,
and will make it hard for California to attract teachers.
Photo courtesy UESF.org
By Julia Cheever
September 20, 2007
Leaders of the California
Teachers Association brought a giant postcard signed by nearly
1,000 teachers to San Francisco today to urge House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi to withdraw her support of a proposed reauthorization of
the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The union leaders displayed an 8-foot by 12-foot postcard outside
the Federal Building and then took a smaller copy to the office
of Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who was not in the office this morning.
San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson
The CTA claims the proposed reauthorization's emphasis on standardized
tests to evaluate schools isn't the best way to help students
and will make it harder for California to attract teachers.
Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, one of the sponsors of
the proposed reauthorization of the 2001 law, has said the planned
changes are aimed at improving it by adding more fairness and
flexibility in evaluation while still holding schools accountable.
A spokesman for Pelosi was not immediately available for comment.
Eric Heins, a fourth grade teacher at Willow Cove Elementary School
in Pittsburg and CTA board member, said, "The excessive testing
has practically eliminated other important programs like art,
music, foreign language and physical education."
CTA Vice President Dean Vogel said, "The Miller-Pelosi NCLB
reauthorization plan will make it harder to attract and retain
quality teachers in California classrooms."
Vogel said, "Test scores don't fairly measure student achievement
and cannot be used to accurately evaluate and pay teachers."
The union represents about 340,000 California public school teachers,
counselors, librarians and other school staff members.
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