Calling the NCLB Commission
by Georgia Hedrick
NOTE: Ă˘€śthe mission of the Aspen Institute is to foster enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue.Ă˘€ť
The Aspen Institute
Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
Governor Roy E. Barnes
Dr. Craig Barrett
Dr. Christopher Edley, Jr.
Dr. Eugene Garcia
Hon. Judith E. Heumann
Mr. Thomas Y. Hobart, Jr.
Ms. Jaymie Reeber Kosa
Ms. Andrea Messina
Dr. J. Michael Ortiz
Dr. James Pughsley
Mr. Edward B. Rust Jr.
Dr. John Theodore Sanders
Ms. Jennifer Smith
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?
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 CommissionĂ˘€”-are they there?
Aspen: Oh, noĂ˘€”they have regular jobs.
Me: Why canĂ˘€™t we just call them; why is there no phone number next to each personĂ˘€™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 doesnĂ˘€™t anyone care?
So much for wanting my opinion.
INDEX OF NCLB OUTRAGES