NEA Tele-Town Hall: Congressman Parker Griffith
U.S. Representative Parker Griffith (AL-5), a retired oncologist, is sharing his prescription for improving public education in Alabama…and across the country.
This week, Griffith participated in a telephone town hall sponsored by the Alabama Education Association and the National Education Association. The call, which lasted for an hour, featured close to 1,400 callers from Griffith’s northern Alabama district—Congressional District 5.
“It is vital that we utilize opportunities like this town hall to help ensure local, state and federal officials are on the same page as we prioritize Alabama’s education agenda,” said Rep. Griffith. “We may take different approaches, but we all share the same goal of making Alabama’s schools the best they can be for all of Alabama’s students.”
Members of the AEA, parents, community leaders, and citizens concerned about public schools all dialed-in to ask Griffith questions about public education. He ended up speaking with more than a dozen people on topics including charters schools, vouchers, the role of education support professionals, services for special needs students, and compensation for educators.
Those who didn’t get the chance to speak with Congressman Griffith live were able to leave him a message at the end of the call.
NEA is working with state affiliates—like AEA—to host education tele-town halls around the country between now and early 2010.
The events are designed to let members and the general public know where elected leaders in Washington, DC stand on key education issues of the day.
Griffith also believes these events can help make sure educators, students, and public schools have what they need to be successful.
“Coordination and communication between local education officials, the Alabama Education Association, the state and Washington can help address the pressing needs facing our nation’s education system,” said Rep. Griffith. “We cannot expect to remain competitive on a national or global scale without strengthening our schools. When we support education, we improve our economy and bring more of the best and brightest the world has to offer to Alabama.”