Education Department teams with unions in global effort at ‘progressive’ reform

January 6, 2011 08:25

Seeking more ways to blow the doubled budget under Obama, Sec. Arne Duncan will have the Department team up with teachers unions in a global summit to “consider the future of their profession as equal partners with governments”.

From the U.S. Department of Education website:

“U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will join leaders from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), together with the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Asia Society and public broadcaster WNET, to host an International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City, March 16-17, 2011.

The summit will convene education ministers, national union leaders, education organization leaders and accomplished teachers from countries with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems to identify best practices worldwide that effectively strengthen the teaching profession in ways designed to enhance student achievement.”

Participants will also engage in a discussion on the vital role teachers’ play in advancing progressive, sustainable education reform. “The summit represents a unique opportunity for teachers and their unions globally to consider the future of their profession as equal partners with governments,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen.

Attendees will include National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Asia Society, and public broadcaster WNET.

By ‘sustainable’ education reform I’m sure the unions mean unending supplies of taxpayer money to pay bloated benefits and under performing teachers.

~ Editor

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