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NCLB Outrages

Calling the NCLB Commission

by Georgia Hedrick
NOTE: “the mission of the Aspen Institute is to foster enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue.”

The Aspen Institute

Co-Chairs
Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
Governor Roy E. Barnes

Commissioners
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Dr. Craig Barrett
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Dr. Christopher Edley, Jr.
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Dr. Eugene Garcia
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Hon. Judith E. Heumann
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Mr. Thomas Y. Hobart, Jr.
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Ms. Jaymie Reeber Kosa
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Ms. Andrea Messina
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Dr. J. Michael Ortiz
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Dr. James Pughsley
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Mr. Edward B. Rust Jr.
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Dr. John Theodore Sanders
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Ms. Jennifer Smith
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Dr. Ed Sontag

Calling the Washington number. 1-202-736-5800

Aspen: Hello, This is Erin; may I help you?

Me: Is this the Aspen Institute?

Aspen: Yes.

Me: How do I get to talk directly to one of the members of the NCLB Commission?

Aspen: I am a staff member. I worked with them. What is it you want to know?

Me: I want to know their thinking behind even a suggestion of reauthorizing NCLB. Anyone who has taught under NCLB or been in the schools during the existence of NCLB, knows that it kills education.

Aspen: Our job was to find the strengths and weaknesses of the Law.

Me: Who can I talk to on the Commission—-are they there?

Aspen: Oh, no—they have regular jobs.

Me: Why can’t we just call them; why is there no phone number next to each person’s name on the website?

Aspen: What is it you want from them?

Me: I want to ask why they would suggest to renew the Law at all? Are they teachers?

Aspen: Some are. You know, I have other things I must be doing. Good bye. [Click]

Me Now she says this at the same time as I am saying: NCLB is killing teachers, and children and schools. Why doesn’t anyone care?
So much for wanting my opinion.

— Georgia Hedrick
phonecall
2007-04-10


INDEX OF NCLB OUTRAGES


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