Special Educators Association of Kendall County - seakc.org
BUILDING REPS NEEDED!
SEAKC needs building representatives to regularly share their school's concerns and successes at monthly meetings. The meetings last about one hour (see Events for dates, times, and locations).
SEAKC meetings are fun and informative, with a supportive atmosphere for everyone who comes. Every concern and question is important. Attending these meetings is a great way to enhance communication, both within SEAKC and with the KCSEC administration. However, we need your help to make it happen!
Maryland Congressman Stands Up For Public Schools
Representative Albert Wynn (D-MD) has taken a bold stand in support of children and public education. In a letter to House Education Committee Chairman George Miller, Wynn outlined his strong concerns about draft legislation under consideration to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind. The Wynn letter raised concerns about the draft’s continued heavy reliance on standardized test results, failure to address class size reduction and dropout prevention, and links between teacher pay and test scores. While the current law is flawed, Congressman Wynn told Chairman Miller that the path Congress is taking now "will only exacerbate those flaws rather than correct them."
If you would like to thank Congressman Wynn for standing up for what is right, visit his website to send him an e-mail.
Keep The Pressure On Congress To Slow Down, Take The Time To Get ESEA Reauthorization Right
NEA cyberlobbyists are doing a great job in getting the message to Capitol Hill. If you have not already done so, e-mail your Member of Congress today. Tell Congress that any ESEA reauthorization bill must:
- Reduce emphasis on standardized tests,
- Provide a common-sense accountability system that looks at the full picture of student and school achievement and takes into account the unique needs of individual students,
- Help reduce class sizes and modernize school facilities, and
Reject any effort to tie teacher pay to test scores.
Contact Your Members Of Congress Today
Remind your Representatives in Congress about these important principles for ESEA reauthorization.
Continue To Urge Senators To Cosponsor Bills On Common-Sense Assessment Systems
Two critical bills have been introduced in the Senate that would make a real difference in improving assessment systems and offering meaningful accountability. In recent weeks, we have asked you to urge Senators to sign on as co-sponsors to the Improving Student Testing Act of 2007 (S. 2053), sponsored by Senator Russ Feingold (WI) and Patrick Leahy (VT). Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) have also introduced the No Child Left Behind Reform Act (S. 1194). Both bills would make significant, meaningful changes to measurement of student performance and school success, including by allowing states to use growth models and multiple measures and ending the over-reliance upon two standardized tests given one day out of the year.
Both bills have NEA's support, but they need the additional sponsorship of your Senators.
Contact Your Senators Today
Tell your Senators to cosponsor the Improving Student Testing Act and the No Child Left Behind Reform Act.
The Teacher Effect
A new study finds that teacher quality trumps student race in determining test score outcomes.
Urge Congress: Repeal Unfair Social Security Offsets
At the August 17 SEAKC meeting, members had the opportunity to sign a petition supporting the repeal of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). GPO/WEP penalizes some teachers by cutting or completely taking away any Social Security benefits they earned before entering the teaching profession. Legislation (H.R. 82/S. 206) to completely repeal both the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision has been reintroduced in the House and Senate.
If you did not have the opportunity to sign the petition, but would like to email your representative or senator about this issue, click here.