Letter to the Senate HELP Committee on ESEA Reauthorization: Teachers and Leaders
April 14, 2010
The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, would like to share with you the enclosed materials in advance of tomorrow’s hearing in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on ESEA Reauthorization: Teachers and Leaders.
Attached for your information and use are:
- NEA Backgrounder: “Elevate the Profession to Attract Great Educators and leaders for Every Public School,”
- NEA White Paper: “Ensuring Every Child a Quality Teacher”
- Key Findings from NEA’s 2009 Report, “Children of Poverty Deserve Great Teachers,” and
- Selected links to articles and stories on innovative programs to ensure great educators.
A growing body of research confirms what school-based personnel have known for years—that the skills and knowledge of teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) are the most important factors in how well students learn. In turn, the presence of strong and supportive school leaders is critical to recruiting and retaining accomplished teachers and ESPs. For too long, we have paid too little attention to ensuring that today’s best and brightest choose teaching as a career. As an entire generation of educators nears retirement age, there is an urgent need to address all aspects of working in public schools. It is time to elevate the profession.
We hope the enclosed materials will be useful to you as Congress moves forward on these critical issues. Thank you for your attention to this important information.
Director of Government Relations