Fulfilling Our Promise to Students
NEA focuses on transforming the lowest performing schools in a new initative.
NEA members should seize the opportunity to dramatically increase teacher quality and student achievement in the nation’s lowest-performing schools, said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, announcing the union’s Priority Schools Campaign during a conference late last month.
The two-day session fostered collaborative dialogue to develop a shared understanding of the campaign and seize the opportunity to transform schools with the greatest need.
“We have not yet ever created a system that really does deliver the promise of the American Dream to every student,” Van Roekel told the 150 participants from more than 40 states and several top officials of the U.S. Department of Education in his opening remarks. “But we are not finished.”
NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign includes a vow to work side-by-side with communities and with policymakers in state capitals, in Congress and the Obama Administration; to partner in pursuit of innovative programs to measure student success and teacher quality; and to fight to attract and keep the best educators and necessary resources for the schools of greatest need.
“Plain and simple, the status quo is not acceptable," Van Roekel said. "We cannot continue to do in America what we’ve been doing to students for the last 20, 30, 50 years. The world has changed and we need a different system.”