Incoming NEA Chief Faces “Direct Conflict” With Duncan On Standardized Tests


MSNBC (7/19, Resnikoff) reports that Lily Eskelsen Garcia, who will become president of the National Education Association on Sept. 1, has spent the two weeks since her election “preparing for a major battle over U.S. education policy” with both “forces on the right” and the Obama Administration on the key issue of standardized tests. Garcia said, “We must measure what matters and put students’ needs at the center of the system once again. ... We can no longer allow politicians who have never stepped into a classroom define what it means to teach and learn.” MSNBC says this puts Garcia in “direct conflict with Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education” and “perhaps the nation’s foremost proponent of using test scores to judge teacher performance.”